Published on November 5th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour


Brewer wrestles with test paper

Danish brewer Carlsberg has announced plans to develop a paper beer bottle made from sustainably-sourced wood fibres. The Copenhagen-based company unveiled two prototypes that it said are “fully recyclable and have an inner barrier to allow the bottles to contain beer” and aims to join forces with Coca-Cola, Swedish vodka maker Absolut, and make-up group L’Oreal to develop paper bottles.

The inside barriers are made of polymers but Carlsberg said it is trying to create a bottle made entirely of bio-materials, without polymers. The prototypes are part of the company’s efforts to have zero-carbon emissions at its breweries and reduce the carbon footprint by 30% across its supply chain by 2030.

Myriam Shingleton, Carlsberg’s vice president group development said: “We are pleased with the progress we’ve made on the Green Fibre Bottle. While we are not completely there yet, innovation takes time and we will continue to collaborate with experts to overcome technical challenges, just as we did with our plastic-reducing Snap Pack.”

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