How many times have you popped open a beverage can and wondered about the design behind the shape? Probably never.

Ever since the modern aluminum beverage can was designed around 1959, the can’s design has been refined many times to improve its durability, sustainability and shipping efficiency. Most importantly, the aluminum beverage can – like all of the packaging produced by our industry – is 100 percent recyclable.

If you have some free time, check out this video explaining the various engineering marvels of the aluminum beverage can. And the next time you are pausing between sips of your favorite non-alcoholic canned beverage take a minute to admire the engineering behind the making of the can.