Companies like Coca-Cola, Carlsberg, and Absolut are supporting The Paper Bottle Company’s efforts to create sustainable, recyclable bottles. The paper packaging developer, BillerudKorsnäs, first started this initiative in 2013.
Research companies and industry leaders like Avantium and ALPLA then joined the notion. In October 2019 Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, and Absolut joined their efforts.
The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco) proposed to help manufacturers and distributors reduce their single-use plastic waste by creating bottles made from degradable plant sugars rather than fossil fuels.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, plastic equivalent to approximately the weight of 90 aircraft finds its way into the oceans every year.
Paboco's Technical Director, Christina Carlsen says, “Being part of this journey from the beginning, inventing the technology and building the first machine for the paper bottle with my bare hands is my chance to make a difference.”
The paper bottles if replaced that of the existing plastic ones of global brands like Coca-cola, Carlsberg, absolute, etc., could help mitigate the severe plastic pollution problem. It can mark a shift towards global industrial sustainability.
Carlsberg, explained in a press release, “We are working on developing the world’s first ‘paper’ beer bottle made from sustainably-sourced wood fibers that are both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable.” The brewing company unveiled its first paper bottle for their Pilsner beer as proof of the concept on their social media sites. Made out of a plant-based polymer called “PEF,” these are expected to be fully recyclable and to naturally degrade within a year, unlike their plastic counterparts.
These bottles are hoped to be ready for consumer use by 2023.
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