Carlsberg Presented The World’s First Prototype of a Paper Beer Bottle

Global beer brand Carlsberg, which participated in the C40 World Mayors Summit held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 9 to 12, presented the world’s first prototype of a paper beer bottle. The prototypes released at this time are two ‘green fiber beer bottles’ made of wood fiber and 100% recyclable.

The paper bottle has two films attached to it for beer. One is a thin recycled PET polymer film and the other is a 100% bio PET polymer film. Carlsberg’s ultimate goal is to make 100% bio beer bottles without polymers.

The project to make paper beer bottles began in 2015 with the innovation fund of the Danish government, along with innovation specialists, packaging companies and researchers from the Danish Institute of Technology. The project is a key part of Carlsberg’s sustainable packaging innovation program. Carlsberg has committed to zeroing its carbon footprint in beer plants by 2030.

Carlsberg also introduced numerous packaging innovations in 2018, including recycled shrink films, environmentally friendly label inks and the innovative Snap Pack.

As pollution of plastic waste becomes an issue around the world, the “de-plastic market” is rapidly emerging. The European Parliament passed a law banning the use of disposable plastic products, such as straws, in October last year.The Australian Ministry of Environment and Energy says that by 2025, 100% of packaging used in the country will be recycled, reused and degradable. The Packaging Target 2025 ‘plan was announced.

Buffer material can be used as compost

As a result, companies that are marketing de-plastics are increasing. LUSH, a British bathing and cosmetics manufacturer, began manufacturing product containers from recyclable materials in 2008 and stripping vinyl labels from products.

Through this, Rush has saved 2 million containers of products for three years since 2008, and sales have tripled. The company is once again attracting attention by using biodegradable knuckle-shaped cushions when sending couriers to consumers who have recently purchased products online.

Buffers made from plant starch can be used as compost after receiving the product. If you don’t need compost, just dissolve it in running water or put it in a bath when you’re taking a bath.

Japan’s Marushige Confectionery, which manufactures ice cream cones, etc., has developed a “ edible dish ” that is very popular. First developed in 2011 and sold at about 3,000 units a year, the company sold more than 6,000 units in the first quarter of this year.

This dish, made by applying starch and white fish powder to a machine and applying pressure, comes in four varieties: sweet corn flavor, purple sweet potato flavor, shrimp pancake flavor, and onion flavor. The thickness is only about 5mm, but the shape can be perfectly maintained for more than 1 hour with the liquid in it.

Recently, Marushige Confectionery, which began supplying edible plates to famous Hawaiian shaved ice shops, also developed chopsticks that can be eaten like sticks. The chopsticks contain more than one serving of fiber per salad and are said to be good for your health.

Bioplastic packaging made of algae is also developed. Made by Indonesian Evoware, the packaging is broken down by microorganisms in nature even if left alone. If you use this packaging material, you can eat the whole hamburger without peeling off the wrapper. Tea bags such as green tea or black tea are also dissolved in water, so you don’t need to take them out.

Bubble wraps and air packs, which are used to protect merchandise in the delivery of packages, are also becoming environmentally friendly materials. Instead of bubble wrap, a wrap made of recycled cardboard appeared, which can be used as a packaging cushion by re-creating a cardboard wrapper without having to throw it away once. In addition, air packs that fill empty spaces in boxes can be replaced with biodegradable products made from starch.

Such bioplastics are largely divided into biodegradable plastics and biomass plastics based on bio-derived ingredients. Biodegradable plastics are products that are completely decomposed by natural microorganisms. Biomass plastics are not biodegradable but have the advantage of reducing carbon using plant raw materials.

According to a report published by the European Bioplastics, bioplastics account for only 1% of the plastic produced annually. However, as demand continues to rise, the global production volume of bioplastics is expected to increase from 2.11 million tons last year to 2.62 million tons in 2023. Among them, packaging accounted for the largest portion at 58%.

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Global beer brand Carlsberg, which participated in the C40 World Mayors Summit held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 9 to 12, presented the world's first prototype of a paper beer bottle.

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