Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle

Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle
Coca-Cola will run its first test with 2,000 bottles to see how they hold up. Source: Coca-Cola
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Daily US Times: Coca-Cola is to test a paper bottle as part of a longer-term bid to eliminate plastic from its packaging entirely.

The prototype paper bottle is made by a Danish company from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner.

But Coca-Cola’s goal is to create a 100% recyclable, plastic-free bottle capable of preventing gas escaping from carbonated drinks.

The barrier must also ensure no fibres flake off into the drinks.

That would pose a risk of altering the taste – or potentially fall foul of health and safety checks.

But industry giants are backing Coca-Cola’s plan. The company, for example, has set a goal of producing zero waste by 2030.

Coca-Cola was ranked the world’s number one plastic polluter, closely followed by other drink-producers Pepsi and Nestle.

The Paper Bottle Company, or Paboco, is a firm in Denmark behind development of the paper-based container.

Part of the challenge has been to create a structure capable of withstanding the forces exerted by fizzy drinks – such as beer and cola – which are bottled under pressure.

On top of that, the paper of the bottle needs to be mouldable, to create distinct bottle shapes and sizes for different brands, and take ink for printing their labels.

After more than seven years of lab work, the Danish firm is now ready to host a trial in Hungary this summer of Coca-Cola’s fruit drink Adez. Initially, this will involve 2,000 bottles distributed via a local retail chain.

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