Carlsberg making inroads towards world's first 'paper beer bottle'

  • Carlsberg making inroads towards world's first 'paper beer bottle'

Carlsberg making inroads towards world's first 'paper beer bottle'

The Danish brewery has set a target of being carbon neutral in breweries and reducing its value-chain carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2030.

The two research prototypes for its Green Fibre Bottle are made from sustainably-sourced wood fibre, and have an inner barrier to allow them to contain beer, the firm announced today.

One of the prototypes has a thin recyclable PET foil barrier, while the other has a 100% bio-based PEF foil barrier. "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", said Myriam Shingleton, Carlsberg's deputy head of development.

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 A/S has seen the future of the beer bottle, and it's made of paper.

A spokesperson for Carlsberg said the fiber bottles will be better for the environment, and that their production reduces carbon emissions. Global companies such as Coca-Cola, Absolut and L'Oréal will also be involved in the project, forming the Paper Bottle Community in collaboration with Pabocco, a leading manufacturer of paper packaging.

"The work with our partners since 2015 on the Green Fibre Bottle illustrates that this kind of innovation can happen when we work together", added Shingleton. Carlsberg's focus on innovation is not new.

"We are working across different retail sectors, sharing risk and are together in our vision to make the paper bottle reality which would fundamentally change the sector forever", Paboco CEO Gittan Schiöld said. In 2018, the Danish brewery launched a number of improvements, including greener label ink and the innovative Snap Pack solution, in which cans in multipack packaging are glued instead of wrapped in plastic wrap.

Both prototypes are constructed primarily of sustainably grown wooden fibres and have internal coatings which enable them to contain beer.