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The Final Word by Helen Roush

Paper bottles are a part of a greener future and switching to paper bottles is a move in the right direction. And it seems that several companies are looking into moving towards this latest innovation.

Pulpex recently announced that Heinz is teaming up with Pulpex to develop a paper-based, renewable and recyclable bottle made from 100 percent sustainably sourced wood pulp.

The article states that "Heinz and Pulpex are developing a prototype to test how the cutting-edge innovation could be used for Heinz Tomato Ketchup bottles and other packaging formats in years to come. Pulpex's current data indicates that the carbon footprint of Pulpex bottles is materially less than glass and plastic on a bottle-by-bottle basis. Once used, they are also expected to be widely and readily recyclable in paper waste streams."

In an article from SupplyChainDive, it was announced that Keurig Dr Pepper also "plans to test its first fully recyclable and compostable paper bottle later this year in the U.S., in partnership with German packaging manufacturer Papacks. The bottle, which will be tested with different drinks from water to juice to soda, will be 100% plastic-free and allow for curbside recycling..."

In a recent article from The Guardian, the wine brand, When in Rome, has paper wine bottles.

The article states that "The bottle, made by the sustainable packaging firm Frugalpac, is 94% recycled paper and has a carbon footprint that is about a sixth of a single-use glass bottle. At the moment it costs about the same as a glass one but the maths are moving in its favour because of soaring glass prices as well as shortages linked to higher energy costs and the war in Ukraine, where some factories have closed."

Packaging waste is an issue that needs to be addressed. In an article from the DailyMail, it reported that 63 percent of waste in the UK was plastic.

Hopefully, we will hear of more companies that will look into switching to paper bottles to help reduce packaging waste.

Helen Roush is Executive Vice President of Paperitalo Publications.


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