Getting rid of plastic bottles is a huge donor to the global climate crisis. In a world that is currently making 300 million tons of plastic from fossil fuels per year, it is a huge problem in every way, and time is here for a change, and the Dutch company Avantium might have a solution for us. With the backing of big companies such as Coca-Cola, Carlsberg, and Danone, it is making a plant-based plastic that could substitute the plastic used in the food supply chain.
Coca-Cola and Carlsberg have joined forces to back Dutch biochemical company Avantium, which is developing new plant-based plastic.
The new material made from plant sugars would fully decompose within a year.
“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,” Avantium’s chief executive, Tom Van Aken, said to The Guardian.
The new plant-based bottles will dissolve in a few years if left outside in normal conditions.
Myriam Shingleton, Carlsberg’s vice president of group development, stated that the company aims to innovate all of its packaging formats: ”We are pleased with the progress we’ve made on the Green Fiber Bottle so far. While we are not completely there yet, the two prototypes are an important step towards realizing our ultimate ambition of bringing this breakthrough to market.”