Coca-Cola & Carlsberg-Backed Plant-Based Bottles Are Made To Degrade In A Year
By Izza Sofia, 20 May 2020
Coca-Cola and Carlsberg have backed a project that aims to replace plastic drink containers with an all-plant material that decomposes within a year when disposed of.
The project, dubbed the Paper Bottle Project, is a collective venture between paper packaging material developer BillerudKorsnäs, bottle manufacturing company ALPHA, and Dutch renewable chemicals company Avantium.
The trio will work together to develop plastics that are made of plant sugars instead of fossil fuels.
These bottles will have an outer-cardboard layer, which will be reinforced with an inner layer of plant-based plastic.
This bottles will incorporate ‘PEF’—a “100 percent plant-based and recyclable polymer.” This material is said to have a better barrier and thermal properties as opposed to the standard PEF.
The bottles are also able to rot naturally within a year, compared to the standard plastics that take years to decompose.
Carlsberg hopes that these plastic bottles will be strong enough to hold its pilsner.
Speaking about the new development, Avantium chief executive Tom van Aken said that the new plastic “has very attractive sustainability credentials” as it does not use any fossil fuels and can be recycled.
The project aspires to launch partnerships with more food and drink manufacturers, and plans to have the plant-based plastic bottles on shelves by 2023.
Find out more about our innovative plant-based PEF technology and our involvement in the Plastic Bottle Project with @Carlsberg, @CocaCola, @ALPLApackaging and many more in the @MailOnline https://t.co/0D6CrJMriB— Avantium (@Avantium) May 19, 2020
Our PEF is a 100% plant-based, 100% recyclable plastic with superior performance properties compared to today’s widely used petroleum-based packaging materials. #circulareconomy https://t.co/9XmrAaceBT— Avantium (@Avantium) April 30, 2020
[via LADbible, opening image via Carlsberg]
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