I think that most people are aware of just how difficult the problems with the environment have become. It is such a serious issue that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that up to 8 million metric tons of plastic are added to the ocean every year. That’s the equivalent of 90 aircraft carriers!
In order to reduce the issue, the Paper Bottle Company (Paboco) has created something that will reduce plastic waste from those single-use containers. The bottles are created from degradable plant sugars, rather than using fossil fuels. The initiative got its start in 2013 by a paper packing developer, BillerudKorsnäs. Since that time, Avantium and ALPLA have joined the effort. In 2019, it was announced that Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, and Absolut were also on board.
Carlsberg, which is a historic brewery has partnered with the Paper Bottle Project and had the following to say in a press release: “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.” It wasn’t long after that the brewing company announced the first paper bottle would be used for their Pilsner beer to show they were serious about it. The paper bottles are created from a plant-based polymer called “PEF.” It is expected that they will be recyclable, and within a year, they will naturally degrade. Of course, the same can’t be said about plastic. It is hoped that the bottles will be ready for consumer use by 2023.
Paboco Technical Director Christina Carlsen says, “Being part of this journey from the beginning, inventing the technology and building the first machine for the paper bottle with my bare hands is my chance to make a difference. A difference towards a sustainable world for future generations. What we are doing is not just a new bottle, we are making a difference.”
Companies and corporations around the world got serious about reducing plastic straw use recently. They are also working to put positive sustainability initiatives in place, such as the plan to ban plastic bags in China by the end of 2020. You can see that many within the global community are taking note of the importance of reducing environmental waste.
The Paper Bottle Company is being supported by companies, such as Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, and Absolut in creating sustainable, recyclable bottles.
The paper bottles will reduce the global problem of plastic pollution ending up in the ocean.
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