Coca-Cola and Carlsberg Support the Paper Bottle Project
Coca-Cola and Carlsberg have supported The Paper Bottle Project aiming to develop plant-based plastic bottles that can degrade within a year, according to LAD BIBLE.
Dutch renewable chemicals company Avantium, paper packaging material developer BillerudKorsnäs, and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA are working together on this project.
By investing in the project, companies including Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, L’Oréal, and The Absolut Company hope to have a cardboard bottle lined with an inner layer of plant plastic.
With the use of superior ‘PEF’, a 100% plant-based and recyclable polymer, the plastic will have “very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels and can be recycled - but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do,” Avantium chief executive Tom van Aken said.
At the end of the summer, there will be additional food and drink manufacturers participating in the project. The plant-based plastic bottles are expected to be on shelves by 2023.
“It is a milestone in the development of high-value applications such as specialty bottles. The Paper Bottle shows how we, together with partners, can use innovation to help shape packaging for a circular and sustainable future,” Avantium Managing Director Marcel Lubben said.
8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. Experts predict that if the situation does not change, there will be more plastic than fish in oceans by 2050.