A paper bottle in every hand – that’s what the future will look like if our innovation project succeeds. The sustainable and commercial potential is huge, however, there is still some way to go and there are no bottles to order just yet.

01. A bio-based barrier that withstands both water vapour and oxygen transmission. Use of materials that encourage recycling and in the future designed to degrade harmlessly if accidentally put in nature.

02. A robust efficient production process with significant output that is both commercially and sustainably attractive.

03. Digital direct printing of sustainable ink or laser engraving to minimize material usage.

04. A proprietary bottle base technology that uses the fibre properties to stay intact when exposed to high pressure.

05. A tethered cap made from either a bio composite or just pure paper.

06. A fiber blend - sustainably sourced strong Nordic fibers developed to hold carbonated beverages and still look beautiful.

07. Pulp 3D moulding of wood based fibres with amazing design details and accuracy showing the beauty of paper.

08. Mobile connectivity to engage consumers to understand and ensure an afterlife.

WHAT WE ARE DEDICATED TO SOLVE

Imagine that all plastic packaging in your store one day has disappeared, and eventually all glass bottles and metal cans. That all packages are made of renewable materials that can be recycled or returned to nature without harm.

That is how we envision the future of the paper bottle project. The purpose is to pioneer the transformation towards sustainable bottle packaging, propelled by innovation and the insight that each industry must transform and do their part for a better tomorrow.

The paper bottle is targeting a wide range of brands and liquid-based contents. It will be not only a pioneering packaging solution for various liquids but also the first of its kind to handle carbonated beverages.

A major challenge in the existing, mature and efficient market is the scaling of our technology to enable manufacturing of large quantities of paper bottles.

To have a working barrier is mandatory, but as often in innovation projects we improve details over time as we learn along the way to create an optimal solution.

The first-generation concept will be partly renewable and fully recyclable, but it is the next and following paper bottle generations barriers that will create a truly sustainable alternative.

”Enabling a robust and efficient way to multiply the idea of sustainable packaging for liquid goods - that is the challenge we take at Paboco, the paper bottle company.”

Florian Müller, CTO at Paboco

Responsible forestry

/ We are using strong wood fibres from sustainable well managed forests.

/ Thanks to continuous replanting, there are more trees growing in this region today than 100 years ago.

/ For every tree harvested two to three are planted and allowed to grow to an optimal size.

/ The capacity of trees to capture carbon dioxide changes over time. Newly planted trees assimilate only small volumes of carbon dioxide – but their capacity then starts to increase dramatically.

/ Growing trees bind more carbon dioxide than older trees. When the forest has finished growing, the net uptake of carbon dioxide is zero until the new forest is planted and starts to grow again.

/ Active and responsible forestry therefore play a key role in combatting climate change.

”Being part of this journey from the beginning, inventing the technology and building the first machine for the paper bottle with my bare hands is my chance to make a difference. A difference towards a sustainable world for future generations. What we are doing is not just a new bottle, we are making a difference.”

Christian Carlsen, Technical Director at Paboco

Project APPROACH

1. Planning and set-up
Defining a first project roadmap and creating a team of specialists in formable fibres, barriers, design, marketing and technology for one of the packaging industry's most challenging innovation platforms.

2. Technical prototype
Making progress by testing our ideas to ensure that the product vision can actually be transformed into a fit-for-purpose prototype with the proper functionality and tactility.

3. Proof of concept
Presenting a proof of concept paper bottle that verifies the future potential for a real-world application, including even carbonated beverages.

4. Strategic partnerships
Moving closer to an industrialised solution by securing agreements within material, barriers, infrastructure and systems as well as long-term investments and commitments from pioneering partner brands.

5. First generations
As a first step towards our vision, we are launching the first version of our 100% recyclable paper bottles, including a preliminary plastic barrier film, paving the way for a wide market and future potential volumes.

6. Next generations
Having reached this far, means that we have a recyclable and biodegradable paper bottle in scale production, challenging liquid packaging made from plastic, metal or other materials for a more sustainable packaging industry.