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Johnnie Walker Debuts Paper-Based Bottle Made From Sustainably Sourced Wood

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Here’s a toast to sustainability… literally. Diageo, the maker of brands like Ciroc and Don Julio, recently  announced the creation of the world’s first ever 100% plastic free paper-based spirits bottle.

Made entirely from sustainably sourced wood, the bottle debuted with Johnnie Walker earlier this year.

Created through a new partnership with Pilot Lite, Pulpex Limited is a new sustainable packaging technology company. To ensure that the technology can be used in every area of life, Pulpex Limited has established a partner consortium of world leading consumer goods companies in categories including Unilever and PepsiCo. The consortium partners are each expecting to launch their own branded paper bottles, based on Pulpex Limited’s design and technology, this year.

“We’re proud to have created this world first. We are constantly striving to push the boundaries within sustainable packaging and this bottle has the potential to be truly ground-breaking,” said Ewan Andrew, Diageo’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “It feels fitting that we should launch it with Johnnie Walker, a brand that has often led the way in innovation throughout its 200 years existence.”

Pulpex Limited has developed a scalable paper-based bottle designed and developed to be 100% plastic free and expected to be fully recyclable. The bottle is made from sustainably sourced pulp to meet food-safe standards and will be fully recyclable in standard waste streams. The technology will allow brands to rethink their packaging designs, or move existing designs into paper, whilst not compromising on the existing quality of the product.

Pulpex Limited’s technology allows it to produce a variety of plastic-free, single mold bottles that can be used across a range of consumer goods. The packaging has been designed to contain a variety of liquid products and will form part of Diageo’s commitment towards Goal 12 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’.

By Rashaun Hall

Rashaun is a digital/social media strategist by day, and a spirits and beer enthusiast by night. A native of the great state of New Jersey, he loves the NFL, his Jack Russell Terrier and a good cocktail obviously.