Joint agreement to make bioplastic beer bottles

Plastics firms come together to make 100% bioo-based bottles

Related tags Carbon dioxide Beer Oxygen

Austrian plastics converter Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner and renewable chemicals firm Avantium have made a joint agreement to develop polyethylene furanoate (PEF) bioplastic bottles.

Alpla is the third firm to collaborate with Avantium on PEF based on Avantium's proprietary YXY technology. The goal is to bring 100% bio-based PEF bottles to market by 2016.

"Jointly, we can make PEF available for packaging in innovative markets and traditional applications,"​ says Tom van Aken, chief executive of Avantium. "We have taken up the challenge to develop the supply chain for PEF as sustainable bio-based packaging material to the beer and alcoholic drinks markets."

Alpla will also develop PEF bottles for sauces, dressings, baby foods and edible oils.

YXY is a catalytic technology that converts plant-based materials into chemical building blocks for bioplastics, such as PEF.

PEF is said to have a higher barrier to oxygen, carbon dioxide and water than PET. This extends shelf-life and cuts production costs.

Contact: Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner

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