Green fibre bottle

Our journey towards better continues

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We are working on developing the world’s first ‘paper’ beer bottle made from sustainably-sourced wood fibers that is both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable.

We now have two new research prototypes of the Green Fiber Bottle, which are the first ‘paper bottles’ that are able to contain beer.

Both prototypes are made from sustainably-sourced wood fibre, are fully recyclable and have an inner barrier to allow the bottles to contain beer. Right now, they use a thin plastic film for the inner barrier – with one containing recycled PET and the other a 100% bio-based PEF. These prototypes will be used to test the barrier technology as we work towards a solution without plastic.

Myriam Shingleton, Vice President Group Development:

"We continue to innovate across all our packaging formats, and we are pleased with the progress we’ve made on the Green Fiber Bottle so far. 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.”

Better when we stick together

We kicked off the project to develop a sustainable paper bottle in 2015 together with innovation experts ecoXpac and post-doctoral researchers from the Danish Technical University (DTU), supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Soon thereafter packaging company BillerudKorsnäs joined the efforts, ultimately resulting in Paboco®, the Paper Bottle Company – a joint venture between BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist Alpla.

We are now joined by more partners: The Coca-Cola Company, The Absolut Company and L’Oréal in a paper bottle community – launched by Paboco®. The community unites leading global companies and experts with the vision of advancing sustainable packaging, offering high-quality products while reducing their environmental impact.