Carlsberg, the Danish beer giant, has unveiled two new research prototypes as part of its Green Fibre Bottle initiative, a project to develop a fully biodegradable wood-fibre drinks bottle which it first announced in 2015.
The beermaker said it would now also be joined in the project by Coca-Cola, Absolut and L’Oreal in a paper bottle “community” launched by Paboco, a joint venture between packaging company BillerudKorsnas and bottle manufacturing specialist Alpla.
The two prototypes unveiled are both described as being made from wood fibres, with one using a thin PET polymer film barrier, and the other a 100% bio-based PEF polymer film barrier. The 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, the firm added.
Commenting on the latest developments, Myriam Shingleton, vice president group development at Carlsberg, 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”.