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Paper bottle with easily separable film liner help consumers to recycle

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Rigid fibre bottle can be recycled with paper packaging and plastic film liner can be recycled where facilities exist.
In Use – Examples of this package are already available for wine, juice, milk and household products already available. The company is also developing products for other markets including, motor lubricants, garden care, and cooking oil.

Recycled content/recyclability

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Home Improvement, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Liquid Beverage Cartons or other composites, Paper, Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Bottles and jars

Supply Chain Phase
Consumer, Design, Production, Recovery


This paper bottle with a thin plastic liners has been developed as a recyclable liquid packaging container.

The bottle shell is made of compressed, recycled paper with a thin inner plastic liner to hold the liquid and a conventional plastic cap. After use, the bottle is easily separable, so that the paper outer can be composted or recycled, and the inner liner recycled where facilities exist.
The bottle performs the same in distribution, in the store, and in the home as a regular plastic bottle or laminated carton. The moulded paper technology has been developed to produce a premium quality finish which can be pressed into novel shapes and embossed, printed and/or coloured to give strong visual and tactile appeal and in particular excellent shelf standout..
The containers, branded as GreenBottles, can be moulded to almost any shape and so have the potential for use in most liquid product markets. Several examples are already available in the market, including containers for milk and wine.

The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

The manufacturers claim the following product benefits:
  • Excellent shelf standout and strong visual and tactile appeal
  • GreenBottle is recyclable and the outer shell is biodegradable/compostable
  • The outer shell will be largely made of recycled material
  • Carbon footprint is significantly less than an equivalent plastic bottle
  • Uses less than one third of the plastic of a comparable plastic bottle
  • Easy for consumers to understand/use, and preferred over plastic bottles

Intellectual Property

The bottle production process has been developed by GreenBottle Ltd, and the individual bottle designs are produced by their own in-house design team.

Consultant View

This is not the only container available which combines a fibre outer with a plastic liner. However, it is the most recent innovation of this type to reach the market. Readers who are interested in this particular technology should take the time to search the Internet to identify the suppliers of similar solutions.
Furthermore, there are other technologies on the market or in development which aim to reduce the environmental impact of liquid packaging. Many are featured on REID. Try searching the database using the search term "Liquids" or use more specifi terms such as "Drinks", "Home improvement", "Household and personal care" or "Cleaning" if you wish to focus on a specific product category.

Contacts and Further Information

Julie Hall, Sales Director
3B Delph Court
Sherdley Business Park
Sullivan’s Way
St. Helens
Tel: 01744 455 190

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