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Cambridge Packaging Company has launched a paper bottle making machine

by | Apr 24, 2024

Packaging company Frugal, which is based in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, recently announced the creation of a new paper bottle making machine. The machine is able to make bottles out of paper and it is now fully operational.

On Thursday 18th April 2024, Kinsbrae Packaging was provided the opportunity to spend a full day creating bottles with this machine. This opportunity demonstrated that the bottles start flat and are made of 100% post-consumer recycled board. This presents a large advantage to Kinsbrae who print the label directly onto the board, as the specific paper that the label is printed onto, also enables the company to print the label over the whole bottle, including on the bottom.

The president of Kinsbrae Packaging, Shawn Bonnick, commented, “It’s the world’s first bottle that can be mass produced and easily used on current filling lines. We’re all familiar with the bag and box, and that’s what this is – bag and bottle.” Bonnick continued, “Inside, we have our HDPE nozzle with the PET bladder inside. All of it can be thrown right into your blue bin and recycled.”

It was the bottle’s ability to be easily recycled which also drew in Bonnick’s interest.

Bonnick explained that, “When you look at the bottle itself, the initial thought is that it’s a paper bottle. Absolutely. It’s environmental. Take the bottle, throw it into your blue bin and call it a day. But the process goes much further than that though.”

Bonnick also spoke about the benefits of the bottle being lightweight and the fact that it does not break, meaning that it is extremely beneficial throughout the whole supply chain.

Furthermore, the design of the bottles being flat and lightweight, meant they require significantly less storage space within trucks and warehouses. Plus, due to the bottles being manufactured out of paper, during transport the eco-friendly packaging no longer requires cardboard dividers, as there is no risk of smashing.

Bonnick mentioned, “With these bottles, we can fit almost 47,000 bottles on a single transport truck. Glass, because of the weight, you’re going to be capped out at less than half of that. So now we can send 200 per cent more bottles on a transport truck than the glass variant.” Bonnick also spoke about other benefits, saying, “Then when it gets to the actual end user, where they’re trying to fill the bottles, they no longer need to rinse the bottles with water. They can do it with air and nitrogen instead. So, it’s a much cleaner, safer process and it doesn’t require as much energy to manufacture.”

Another company, a spirit company called Georgian Bay which is located in Ontario, has become the owner of the first batch of bottles that were produced at Kinsbrae Packaging. This development occurred on Thursday.

This occurred due to Denzil Wadds, the co-founder of Georgian Bay, showing interest in getting involved due to the environmental impact and cost of this process.

Wadds commented, “To ship glass bottles from wherever they’re manufactured, which in some cases is in China, Chile or some of them are manufactured in Italy, it’s very expensive, heavy and it’s a huge impact on the environment. These [paper bottles] are five times lighter than a glass bottle. They have six times less of a carbon footprint than a glass bottle. It’s just a better story. It’s a better product in every way, both from a cost perspective and also from a sustainability perspective.”

So far, Georgian Bay has started to use the paper bottles for its gin, however Wadds said he ‘hopes it will eventually be used for “a bit of everything.”’

So far there has been positive feedback around these bottles and although it is still early days for this production line, Bonnick said that his customer’s response to the packaging has been excellent.

Bonnick stated, “When we started it, we really thought it was going to be predominantly in the wine industry. But the spirit industry has surprised drastically in the sense of their early adaptation of the bottle, because that’s going to stand out on the shelf. When you’re walking down an aisle that’s traditionally just been glass with a 4×2 label, this stands out beside it and you tend to gravitate towards this.” Bonnick also noted that ‘another perk of the paper bottles is that they can be brought into areas where glass bottles are prohibited.’

Wadds also expressed his enthusiasm, saying, ‘as soon as the team at Georgian Bay learned the entire bottles could be covered, the idea got even more appealing.’ He continued, ‘Not only can we brand the whole bottle, but we can tell the story of the liquid in the bottle. It’s just so much better at delivering messages.’

 It has been made clear by both companies that along with their enthusiasm, they hope this breakthrough will be able to expand and cover a wider range of bottles in the future.

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