Carlsberg says cheers to cutting CO2 emissions with paper bottles

The ‘world’s first paper beer bottle’ will be made from 100% bio-based and fully recyclable wood fibres

Net Hero Podcast

The Danish beer giant Carlsberg has announced plans to develop what claims to be ‘the world’s first paper beer bottle’ made from sustainably-sourced wood fibres that is both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable.

To achieve a wider paper bottle community, Carlsberg has joined forces with Coca Cola, Absolut and L’Oréal in a joint venture that could help the corporates convert their plastic containers to paper alternatives.

The research is based on two prototypes which have an inner barrier, to allow bottles contain drinks – a thin plastic film made from recycled PET and the other created using from 100% bio-based PEF.

The company aims with this project to meet its 30% carbon footprint reduction target across its business in its full chain by 2030.

Myriam Shingleton, Vice President Group Development at Carlsberg Group, said: “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.

“Innovation takes time and we will continue to collaborate with leading experts in order to overcome remaining technical challenges, just as we did with our plastic-reducing Snap Pack.”