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A paper bottle is on the way

Packaging

4 November 2019

Developments taking sustainable packaging to the next level are progressing, with Carlsberg revealing its latest advance in sustainable food packaging.

Muriel Cozier

Moving towards its goal of a polymer free 100% bio-based drinks bottle, Carlsberg Group has unveiled two research prototypes for bottles based on sustainably sourced wood fibres.  The Green Fibre Bottles are fully recyclable and have an inner barrier to allow the bottles to contain beer. One prototype uses a thin recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film barrier, while the second prototype uses a 100% bio-based polyethylene furanoate (PEF) polymer film barrier.

Carlsberg has been working to develop its Green Fibre Bottle since 2015, in partnership with innovation company EcoXpac, packaging company BillerudKorsnäs and postdoctoral researchers from the Technical University of Denmark, supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. The combined efforts have resulted in the formation of Paboco®, the paper bottle company, a joint venture between BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA.

Carlsberg has now been joined by The Coca-Cola Company, The Absolut Company and L’Oréal in a ‘paper bottle community’, which has been launched by Paboco®. The community will ‘Unite leading global companies and experts with the vision of advancing sustainable packaging offering high-quality products with reduced environmental impact.’

Carlsberg Group revealed its developments during the C40 World Mayors Summit which was held in Copenhagen in October 2019.
Myriam Shingelton, vice president group development at Carlsberg Group said; ‘While we are not completely there yet, the two prototypes are an important step towards realising our ultimate ambitions of bringing this breakthrough to market.’

SCI’s conference ‘Sustainable Food Packaging: Overcoming challenges through circular approaches’, will continue the discussion on sustainability where delegates will be able to get an in-depth analysis on  how researchers, industry and retailers are working to find solutions to the growing demand for ‘greener’ food packaging.

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