Johnnie Walker Maker Takes a Shot at Sustainability With ‘100% Plastic-Free’ Paper Bottles


Johnnie Walker whiskey will be sold in completely paper-based bottle packaging starting next year, according to its parent company.

Diageo, the maker of the drink, announced in mid-July that it would introduce “100% plastic free” bottles “made entirely from sustainably sourced wood,” reports CNBC.

The new bottle was developed in partnership with venture management firm Pilot Lite, a collaboration which led to the establishment of Pulpex Limited, which Diageo referred to as a “sustainable packaging technology company.”

Photo credit Diageo

“The bottle is made from sustainably sourced pulp to meet food-safe standards and will be fully recyclable in standard waste streams,” said Diageo, which also manufactures brands like Guinness and Baileys Irish Cream.

Pulpex Limited has called the new design a “first-of-its-kind” scalable paper-based bottle, according to Environment + Energy Leader.

The packaging will be created from pulp that is sourced sustainably sourced, adheres to  food safety guidelines, and will be fully recyclable.

Pulpex Limited aims to create a design that can be used across a variety of products. The company, in fact, has established what it calls a “consortium” of fast-moving consumer goods (FMGC) companies that include PepsiCo and Unilever, with additional partners slated for later this year.

The move is in line with a broader shift in the beverage industry to develop eco-conscious, sustainable packaging.

In fact, Diageo itself announced in 2019 that it would be introducing fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging to multipack beer products like Guinness.

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