Carlsberg’s fibre bottle

Carlsberg Group has been detailing its quest to create a ‘greener’ bottle, under the title of “the world’s first paper bottle" for beer.

Made from sustainably sourced wood fibres, it is fully bio-based and recyclable, and currently Carlsberg has two prototypes. One prototype uses a thin recycled PET polymer film barrier, and the other a 100 per cent 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 per cent bio-based bottle without polymers.

The advancement of the technology also forms a key part of the company’s sustainability programme Together Towards ZERO, including its commitment to zero carbon emissions at its breweries and a 30 per cent reduction in its full-value-chain carbon footprint by 2030.

Myriam Shingleton, VP group development, said: “We continue to innovate across all our packaging formats, and we are pleased with the progress we’ve made on the Green Fibre Bottle so far. 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.”

The announcement comes as Paboco, a collaborative joint venture between BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA, has launched a paper bottle community to accelerate progress, with Carlsberg being joined by the Coca-Cola Company, the Absolut Company and L’Oréal in the community.

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