A group of major brands and materials manufacturers have presented the first two prototypes for a paper bottle that aims to eventually become “a 100% biobased and recyclable paper bottle that can harmlessly degrade if accidentally put in nature.” The development is taking place within the Paper Bottle Community led by the company Paboco in partnership with brands such as the Carlsberg Group, The Absolut Company, L’Oréal, and Coca-Cola. The current version of bottles contain polymer linings as testing continues on barrier options. However, the group’s ultimate aim is to produce the paper bottles without using any polymers. “While we are not completely there yet, the two prototypes are an important step towards realizing 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,” said Myriam Shingleton from the Carlsberg Group.

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