The Coca-Cola Company will experiment with paper bottles for its drinks by the end of 2021 in Hungary. As part of the trial, 2,000 of these AdeZ bottles are expected to go to Kifli supermarkets.
As New Atlas notes, the idea of paper beverage containers is nothing new – milk and many other beverages have been poured into paper bags for over 100 years, and cafes have been using disposable cardboard cups. Such containers, unlike plastic bottles, do not pollute the environment and can be easily recycled. However, existing types of paper containers are not suitable for storing carbonated drinks.
Last year, Coca-Cola’s R&D team worked with Danish startup Paboco (Paper Bottle Company) and a number of other companies to develop a prototype bottle made of durable paper with a biodegradable plastic lining inside (the bottle cap is also made from it).
The company emphasizes that the new type of bottle is still at the prototype stage, and a small test is intended to evaluate prototypes in real conditions, as well as to study the reaction of buyers to the new container.
The project’s ultimate goal is to create fully recyclable beverage bottles that are resistant to liquid, carbon dioxide, and oxygen. Ideally, these bottles could be made from recycled materials and then disposed of in the same way as regular paper.