It might sound logistically impossible, but a paper wine bottle has been launched as a sustainable alternative to glass and plastic.
The Frugal Bottle is made from 94 per cent recycled paperboard with a food-grade liner to hold the wine.
At 83g, the bottle is five times lighter than the average glass bottle of wine.
It also boasts a carbon footprint that is six times lower than a glass bottle and more than a third less than a bottle made from recycled plastic.
As for its water footprint, the Frugal Bottle’s is four times lower than glass.
The Frugal Bottle was created by sustainable packaging company Frugalpac, which produces various recycled paper-based products.
While supermarkets have yet to accept the Frugal Bottle onto their shelves, an Italian bottle of red wine is currently being sold online and in Woodwinters Wines & Whiskies stores in Scotland.
Frugalpac says its innovation can also be used to contain spirits such as gin, vodka and run.
The company also produced the world’s first takeaway coffee cup made from recycled paper.
“Our mission is to design, develop and supply sustainable packaging,” explains Frugalpac’s chief executive, Malcom Waugh.
“We’ve had fantastic feedback from people who’ve trialled the Frugal Bottle. As well as the superior environmental benefits, it looks and feels like no other bottle you have ever seen.”
Waugh continued: “The Frugal Bottle offers a major point of difference for the global wine and spirits sector through stand out design and positive sustainable benefits.
“Frugalpac’s business model is to supply Frugal Bottle machines for wine producers or packaging companies to manufacture the bottles on their site, cutting carbon emissions even further. Materials can be purchased locally through existing paperboard printers to give maximum freedom of design and the best commercial offering.”
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