14. Oct 2019
Avantium has joined the Paper Bottle Project - an innovation community bringing together some of the world's leading players in materials, design and technology on the development of a sustainable paper bottle.
The Paper Bottle Company - Paboco -, a joint venture between paper packaging material developer BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA - announced at the Paboco Pioneer Community Event in the Carlsberg Academy in Copenhagen last week that Avantium has joined the Paper Bottle Project. Avantium will be one of the technology providers for the fully plant-based and recyclable Paper Bottle. A thin layer of Avantium’s PEF (polyethylene furanoate) will provide the Paper Bottle with the high barrier properties (the ability to withstand gas permeability through the bottle) needed for beverages such as beer and carbonated soft drinks.
In 2015 the large brewery Carlsberg Group joined the Paper Bottle Project, followed by leading brand owners such as cosmetics manufacturer L’Oréal, global spirits company The Absolut Company, soft drink company Coca-Cola Europe and global coatings company Teknos. The Paper Bottle Project now runs as its own business, under the name and brand of Paboco, the Paper Bottle Company.
The Paper Bottle is the first of its kind for beer, carbonated and still drinks, beauty products and more, and uses renewable paper to build strength and structure. Avantium’s PEF offers a solution to provide the necessary barrier properties. PEF is a 100% plant-based and recyclable polymer suitable for use in a huge range of applications, including packaging of soft drinks, water, alcoholic beverages and fruit juices. PEF’s barrier and thermal properties are superior to conventional PET. In combination with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, the added functionality gives PEF all the attributes to become the next-generation polyester.
The paper and PEF layers can be separated for recycling purposes and returned to the recycling stream. The Paper Bottle with the PEF layer is still under development. The focus of the current work is on building experience with the Pioneer Brands. Looking ahead, controlled testing is projected to start in 2020.
“Participating in the Paper Bottle Project and collaborating with like-minded companies within the Paboco Pioneer Community – from bottle manufacturers to consumer brands – on developing new sustainable packaging material is a great opportunity for Avantium. It is a milestone in the development of high-value applications such as specialty bottles. The Paper Bottle shows how we, together with partners, can use innovation to help shape packaging for a circular and sustainable future,” said Marcel Lubben, Managing Director Avantium Renewable Polymers.