PA Consulting and PulPac have launched The Bottle Collective, which aims to reduce single-use plastic bottles in various sectors by industrializing a high-speed, low-cost process for creating fibre-based bottles. This process utilizes Dry Molded Fiber technology, which uses renewable pulp and cellulose resources to produce packaging that is both cost-effective and high performing.
The manufacturing process emits less CO2 than traditional plastic and wet moulding methods. Additionally, it uses minimal water to create a versatile container mould suitable for a wide range of consumer products, including water, dairy, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and personal care items such as detergent, skincare, and hair care products.
By 2025, multiple leading brand partners are expected to join the Bottle Collective to continue developing and scaling this innovative packaging solution.
Tony Perrotta, PulPac Partnership Lead at PA Consulting, said: “We are thrilled to announce the Bottle Collective. Together with leading global consumer brand partners, we can fast-track the development of the world’s first Dry Molded Fiber bottle. This will make the most of our renewable resources while delivering significant positive impact to reduce today’s single-use plastic pollution. We have the technology. We have a functioning prototype and process. We are now ready to enter the next stage — demonstration that our Dry Molded Fiber bottles are capable of being produced at the speed, volume, and cost necessary to match the massive scale of this global industry challenge.”
Sanna Fager, Chief Commercial Officer at PulPac, said: “Plastic bottles are the holy grail of plastic replacement. They have an estimated annual production volume of up to 500 billion pieces and are a significant source of plastic pollution worldwide. We are proud to share some of our patent-protected advances with PA Consulting, combining Dry Molded Fiber’s forming versatility, broad barrier applicability, and high production efficiency. Backed by strong partnerships across the value chain, we can bring competitive unit cost into the fibre-bottle space, enabling the shift away from today’s single-use plastic. We encourage all brands and relevant industry actors to join this force for sustainable change.”