Carlsberg: soon inside a wood-fiber bottle

The multinational conglomerate behind Carlsberg has announced plans to develop the world's first fully biodegradable wood-fiber bottle for beverages.

The leading brewery group has kicked off a three-year project with packaging company ecoXpac, the Innovation Fund Denmark and the Technical University of Denmark, to develop a biodegradable and biobased "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. In other words, you'll be drinking beer differently in the near future.

"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," explains Andraea Dawson-Shepherd, senior vice president at Carslberg.

After use, the bottle can enter into recycling systems on equal terms with cardboard and paper, or decompose directly in nature. The paper pulp technology saves energy up to 80% when compared with conventional moulded pulp production.

Carlsberg was founded in 1847 by J. C. Jacobsen.