New Plant-Based Bottles Degrade In Only a Year – And Could Herald The End Of Plastic

Plastic pollution has been a problem for decades, and the situation got worse in the past few years. We are seeing mountains of plastic everywhere we go. Single-use plastic is our worst enemy and we keep using it. Why?

Plastic affects wildlife and oceans are full of cups, bottles and straws. Yes, these may be handy, but you can have your coffee in a regular cup, you know.

According to the UN, 100 millions tons of plastic are floating in our oceans. A report from the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, confirmed that plastic will outweigh fish in oceans by 2050. Yes, it’s that serious.

Paper packaging material developer BillerudKorsnäs has joined forces with bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA, Dutch biochemical company Avantium to raise for The Paper Bottle Project.

It’s their pionieering project focused on plastic pollution. Their main goal is to turn grown crops into plant-based plastic. This can change our future completely.

The project has attracted the attention of Danish beer manufacturer Carlsberg, Coca Cola and Danone. Owners believe that the new type of plastic made from sugars can be a great substitute for common plastic.

Avantium CEO Tom van Aken said they are trying to start off a new bioplastic plant in the Netherlands. It’s a big step for society.

Carlsberg Group will sell its pilsner in cardboard bottles, and their inside will be lined with the new bio-plastic.

“Participating in the Paper Bottle Project and collaborating with like-minded companies within the Paboco Pioneer Community — from bottle manufacturers to consumer brands — on developing new sustainable packaging material is a great opportunity for Avantium,”

Marcel Lubben, Avantium’s Managing Director revealed.

“It is a milestone in the development of high-value applications such as specialty bottles. The Paper Bottle shows how we, together with partners, can use innovation to help shape packaging for a circular and sustainable future.”

The new plastic will use sugars from corn, wheat and beets to make basic chemical material that would be used in the production process. It will be strong and durable, and yes, you can fill it with soft drinks.

“PEF” is a plant-based and recyclable polymer with the same benefits to standard PEF.

Trials have confirmed that the bio-plastic will decompose in a year using a composter. If left outdoors, it will de-compost within a few years.

“This plastic has very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels, and can be recycled – but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do,” Van Aken added.

We may see the new product in supermarkets by 2023. Coca Cola and Danone approve it. Do you know that both companies have big role in plastic pollution?

Van Aken plans to see a big investment in the bioplastics plant by the end of this year. They are working on their project despite the deadly virus that has taken the lives of millions of people.

Avantium will use plant sugars from “sustainably sourced biowaste.” The company doesn’t even think of disrupting the global food supply chain.