National parks, can houses and other headlines

Our monthly roundup of news about cans and metal packaging from around the world…

National parks featured on cans of Utah microbrews

For the rest of 2017, Uinta Brewing will be releasing specialty beer cans to celebrate eight national parks, one year removed from the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary. These fun and aesthetic cans will feature 54 other national park designs in the years ahead.

Can sculpture honored

Who says cans are just for food and drink? With the help of 300,000 recycled aluminum cans, Team Aesop won the 2017 City of Dreams competition with an impressive and aesthetic work of public art. The structure, titled Cast & Place, will be utilized as a pavilion for New York City’s Governors Island.

A look back at beer can homes

Back in the early 1970s, an architect built a house out of beer cans (along with tires and other directly recycled materials). The architect, who went on to construct several structures using this method, got the cans from roadsides and local watering holes – resulting in 20 percent lower costs compared with using conventional materials. The house stands as a testament to the durability of metal packaging.

Thoughts on canned foods, health and safety

Although it is a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to non-canned meats and produce, canned foods are attributed with a stigma that they’re unhealthy or, even worse, damaging to the human body. However, this cannot (pun intended) be further from the truth; cooking with canned foods can be a fantastic solution for your time constraints and your pocketbook without the potential health detriments that give consumers pause.