During the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen Denmark, the Carlsberg Group has issued an update on its journey to create the Green Fiber Bottle, the world’s first ‘paper bottle’ for beer. Made from sustainably sourced wood fibers, it claims to be both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable. The Group also announced that it was joined by other leading global companies that are united in their vision to develop sustainable packaging through the advancement of paper bottle technology.
These developments are said to be a continuation of Carlsberg’s sustainable packaging innovation journey and a key part of its sustainability program Together Towards ZERO, including its commitment to ZERO carbon emissions at its breweries and a 30% reduction in its full-value-chain carbon footprint by 2030.
Two new prototypes
Carlsberg has unveiled two new research prototypes of the Green Fiber Bottle. Both are made from sustainably sourced wood fibers, claims to have an inner barrier to allow the bottles to contain beer. According to the company, one prototype uses a thin recycled PET polymer film barrier, and the other a 100% bio-based PEF polymer film barrier. These prototypes will be used to test the barrier technology as Carlsberg seeks a solution to achieving its ultimate ambition of a 100% bio-based bottle without polymers.
Myriam Shingleton, vice president – Group Development at Carlsberg Group said, “We continue to innovate across all our packaging formats, and we are pleased with the progress we’ve made on the Green Fiber Bottle so far. The two prototypes are an important step towards realizing our ultimate ambition of bringing this breakthrough to market.”
New partners on board
Carlsberg kicked off the project to develop a bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibers, the Green Fibre Bottle, in 2015 alongside innovation experts EcoXpac, packaging company BillerudKorsnäs and post-doctoral researchers from the Technical University of Denmark, supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. The combined efforts have resulted in the emergence of Paboco, the paper bottle company – a joint venture between BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA.
Carlsberg will now be joined by The Coca-Cola Company, The Absolut Company and L’Oréal in a paper bottle community – launched by Paboco. The community unites leading global companies and experts with the vision of advancing sustainable packaging, offering high-quality products with reduced environmental impact.
Myriam Shingleton continues, “The work with our partners since 2015 on the Green Fiber Bottle illustrates that this kind of innovation can happen when we work together. We’re delighted that other like-minded companies have now joined us as part of Paboco’s paper bottle community. Partnerships such as these, ones that are united by a desire to create sustainable innovations, are the best way to bring about real change.”
Gittan Schiöld, interim chief executive officer of Paboco said, “It is all about the team! 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.”