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Carlsberg and Partners to Develop Biodegradable Wood-fiber Bottle

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Carlsberg and Partners to Develop Biodegradable Wood-fiber Bottle

Carlsberg and Partners to Develop Biodegradable Wood-fiber Bottle
January 26
10:02 2015

Carlsberg has announced a ground-breaking agreement to develop the world’s first fully biodegradable wood-fiber bottle for beverages. 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.

Andraea Dawson-Shepherd, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Carlsberg, says: “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.”

This latest initiative forms part of the Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC), a co-operation between Carlsberg and selected partners whose aim is to pursue a circular, zero-waste economy by using the Cradle to Cradle® (C2C®) framework when developing and marketing new products. The CCC currently comprises six founding partners, with two new partners, ecoXpac and 1HQ (a global branding agency), announced today. Its goal is to have 15 partners by 2016.

CCC achievements in 2014 included:

– C2C certification for Carlsberg and Somersby Cider Rexam cans in the UK

– Primary-stage C2C assessments of six different packaging products

– Launch of a two-year research programme on C2C and LCA (Life-Cycle Assessment) with the Technical University of Denmark.

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