Carlsberg to develop biodegradable wood-fibre bottle

Submitted by: Greg Selfe 03/02/2015

Carlsberg and partners are developing the world’s first fully biodegradable beer bottle. The bottle will be made from sustainably sourced wood fibre or paper pulp and be known as the "Green Fibre Bottle"

Carlsberg has initiated a three-year project with packaging company ecoXpac, with the collaboration of Innovation Fund Denmark and the Technical University of Denmark, to develop a biodegradable and biobased bottle made from sustainably sourced wood-fiber, to be known as the “Green Fiber Bottle”.

All materials used in the bottle, including the cap, will be developed using bio-based and biodegradable materials – primarily, sustainably sourced wood-fibers – allowing the bottle to be responsibly degraded.

Commenting on the announcement from Carlsberg HQ in Copenhagen, Andraea Dawson-Shepherd, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, said: “At Carlsberg we are firm believers in the importance of a circular economy in ensuring sustainable future growth and development on our planet, and today’s announcement is excellent news. If the project comes to fruition, as we think it will, it will mark a sea-change in our options for packaging liquids, and will be another important step on our journey towards a circular, zero-waste economy.”

About Carlsberg Group

The Carlsberg Group is one of the leading brewery groups in the world, with a large portfolio of beer and other beverage brands. Our flagship brand – Carlsberg – is one of the best-known beer brands in the world and the Baltika, Carlsberg and Tuborg brands are among the eight biggest brands in Europe. More than 45,000 people work for the Carlsberg Group, and our products are sold in more than 150 markets. In 2013, the Carlsberg Group sold 120 million hectolitres of beer, which is about 36 billion bottles of beer.

About ecoXpac

EcoXpac is an innovative company that has specialised in designing, developing and producing products made from recycled or natural moulded fiber. It is common to all the materials EcoXpac use that they are biodegradable and CO2-neutrally produced. EcoXpac utilizes a network of research organizations, such as the Technical University of Denmark, to ensure its innovation stems from a thoroughly analysed basis.  Learn more about ecoXpac: 

Source: Carlsberg Group