Carlsberg develops paper beer bottle

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
?Both are fully recyclable and made from sustainably sourced wood fibres with an inner barrier

Carlsberg has developed two new prototypes of its Green Fibre Bottle, what it claims to be the world’s first ‘paper bottle’ for beer.

Both are fully recyclable and made from sustainably sourced wood fibres with an inner barrier, with one prototype lined with thin recycled PET polymer film and the other using 100% bio-based PEF polymer film.

The prototypes were launched at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen on Friday and will be used to test the barrier technology.

Carlsberg eventually hopes to create a 100% bio-based bottle without polymers.

Myriam Shingleton, vice present of group development at the company, said: “While we are not completely there yet, the two prototypes are an important step towards realising our ultimate ambition of bringing this breakthrough to market.

“We will continue to collaborate with leading experts in order to overcome remaining technical challenges.”

Carlsberg has also announced that it has joined Coca Cola, Absolut, and L’Oreal in a ‘paper bottle community’ launched on Friday by Carlsberg’s paper-bottle producer Pabocco.

Gittan Schiöld, interim chief executive of Paboco, commented: “We are collaborating across the value chain, sharing the risks, and are united in our vision that the paper bottle will become a reality and fundamentally change this industry for good.”

Carlsberg began to develop the Green Fibre Bottle in 2015 alongside packaging experts and researchers, supported by Innovation Fund Denmark.

The initiative is part of Carlsberg’s sustainability programme, ‘Together Towards ZERO’, which includes further commitments to zero carbon emissions at its breweries and a 30% reduction in its full-value-chain carbon footprint by 2030.

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