Fiber bottles are better for the environment than aluminum or glass because they are sourced in a sustainable way, and because the material has a “very low impact on production process,” explained Myriam Shingleton, vice president of group development for Carlsberg.
“The energy and efficiency of the technology that we’re using” reduce carbon emissions compared to other production processes, she said.
Carlsberg started working on the new type of packaging in 2015, and is still a few years away — at least — from selling the bottle to customers. One reason that it’s taking so long to develop an effective paper bottle is because Carlsberg needs to make sure that the new package doesn’t alter the taste of its carbonated beverage, and because the types of materials it’s seeking, like the bio-based polymer lining, are not commercially available.
To move things forward, Carlsberg has been partnering with packaging experts and other companies. On Thursday, Carlsberg said that Absolut, Coca-Cola and L’Oréal are joining its efforts to develop effective paper packaging. More partners can help drive up mainstream demand for the type of materials it needs.
Shingleton noted that Carlsberg isn’t hoping to replace its cans and bottles with the new model. Instead, the company wants to offer its customers another option.
Carlsberg is not the only company getting creative about its packaging.
Carlsberg has already launched some innovations that are helping it cut down on waste.