Bangor University's Eco-Friendly Paper Whiskey Bottle Project

Published on: 10 August 2022
by KnowESG
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A sustainable packaging project at Bangor University is nearing completion, and consumers may soon be able to drink whisky from paper bottles.

Members of the university's Biocomposites Centre have collaborated with the worldwide green packaging consortium Pulpex to build a paper container for use by Diageo and other global consumer packaged goods firms.

The bottles are made from sustainably produced, FSC-certified wood pulp and have been intended to blend functionality, quality, and recyclability to provide a container with a long shelf life and simple mass production.

Bangor University has worked alongside Pulpex since 2020 on the initiative, and the director of Bangor University’s Biocomposites Centre, Dr Rob Elias, said:

"Given the high carbon and energy costs which go into making even a single glass bottle, it is critical more sustainable methods of packaging are developed to reduce costs and the global carbon footprint.

"Working with industry is vital if we are to move forward to the next stage of innovation; The knowledge and support Pulpex has provided has proven invaluable to helping us research and optimise the ideal makeup of the bottle as well as scale up testing to provide more comprehensive results."

Pulpex is a research and development partnership between Diageo and the venture management firm Pilot Lite.

Scott Winston, CEO of Pulpex, said:

"It’s been an absolute pleasure and advantage to work alongside the talented individuals at Bangor University’s Biocomposite Centre.

"Their knowledge and experience in the field of assessing the end-of-life of materials have become an indispensable extension of our team here at Pulpex."

Source: Business News Wales

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