World’s most renown beverage companies Coca-Cola and Carlsberg are known to be backing a project which aims to develop plant-based plastic bottles that degrade within a year.
Dutch renewable chemicals company Avantium, packaging developer Billerud Korsnäs, and bottle manufacturer Alpla are working together on The Paper Bottle Project, which is aiming to develop a plastic bottle made from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels.
Now, Coca-Cola and Carlsberg are set to introduce plant-based bottles very soon.
These will degrade in a year when left under natural conditions to decompose. L’oreal and Danone are also thinking about making the much-awaited switch to the plant-based bottles.
Take a look at the prototype below:
What is the Paper Bottle Project?
Avantium is providing a much-needed alternative to the plastic bottles that are polluting our world. It is reducing the market’s reliance on fossil fuels by developing an entirely plant-based plastic. This new plastic-like material is made from corn, wheat, and beet sugars. It will be sturdy enough to hold drinks and ensure that the contents remain cold.
Avantium’s Chief Executive, Tom Van Aken says,
“This plastic has very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels and can be recycled – but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do.”
The companies hope to produce new plastic by 2023. In a press release, Carlsberg explained:
“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. We now have two new research prototypes of the Green Fiber beer Bottle, which are the first ‘paper bottles’ that are able to contain beer.”
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