Have you been
unfortunate fortunate enough to try a paper straw?
Being on the West Coast, I’ve had the pleasure.
Many, many times.
For those of you yet to partake, you’ll love it — assuming you have the digestive system of a goat.
As for function, the straw pulls double duty.
For the first 4 minutes, it allows you to swallow liquid.
At 4:01 and beyond — in my experience — it feeds you a paper stick.
Apropos, Coca-Cola’s about to try a paper bottle.
From The Daily Wire:
Coca-Cola plans to do a test-run of 2,000 paper bottles this summer to see how they perform in the marketplace and with consumers. The prototype was made “by a Danish company from an extra-long paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner.” It is a first step in a long-term project of completely ridding plastic from the company’s drink containers.
Per the British Broadcasting Company, the mission “is to create a 100% recyclable, plastic-free bottle capable of preventing gas escaping from carbonated drinks.”
And here’s a trick: “The barrier must…ensure no [fibers] flake off into the liquid.”
[Failure would risk] altering the taste of the drink — or potentially fall foul of health and safety checks.
Clearly, it’s impossible to produce no waste. But Coke has reason to turn a new leaf: Last year, charity organization Break Free From Plastic deemed it the world’s number one plastic polluter.
In service to a transformation, the Danish enterprise — Paper Bottle Company, or Paboco — has accomplished quite a feat — the biodegradable container had to be moldable to various shapes as well as take inked labels.
More from BBC:
After more than seven years of lab work, the firm is now ready to host a trial in Hungary this summer of Coca-Cola’s fruit drink Adez. Initially, this will involve 2,000 bottles distributed via a local retail chain.
And they’re not just doing it for Coke:
Absolut, the vodka-maker, is due to test 2,000 paper bottles of it own in the UK and Sweden of its pre-mixed, carbonated raspberry drink.
And beer company Carlsberg is also building prototypes of a paper beer bottle.
So how do you make curved paper pass muster?
Michael Michelsen, the firm’s commercial manager, says the bottles are formed out of a single piece of paper-fibre-based material to give them strength.
“That’s part of the secret really,” he explained, adding that [molding] a single object – rather than relying on joins – ensured the bonds between the fibres stayed robust.
“With a clever combination of product design and the strong [fiber] blend, that’s what makes it really possible to not break under pressure.”
In theory, it’s been sufficiently engineered.
However — as noted by Michael — they won’t know for sure ’til taking a real-world shot.
Would you buy a soft drink contained in curved paper?
You may soon get your chance.
When the time comes, a word of advice: Don’t use a paper straw.