Keurig Dr Pepper begins developing a recyclable, compostable paper bottle with Germany-based PAPACKS, and prototype is expected later in year; KDP to leverage PAPACKS’ technology that uses fiber, organic materials to create a 100% plastic-free bottle

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April 1, 2022 (press release) –

Innovation is a critical part of how we meet consumers’ needs, drive continued growth and advance our sustainability commitments. On the packaging front, we have begun development on Keurig Dr Pepper’s first fully recyclable and compostable paper bottle. This innovation will support our commitment to reduce KDP’s use of virgin plastic by 20% by 2025, part of our Drink Well. Do Good. corporate responsibility platform.

In order to accelerate this sustainable packaging alternative, we are partnering with PAPACKS, a packaging manufacturer based in Cologne, Germany. Unlike other beverage packaging alternatives that are using plant-based PET plastic or sustainably sourced pulp with polymer lining, KDP will leverage PAPACKS’ technology that uses fiber and organic materials to create a 100% plastic-free bottle. The goal is that the entire package — including bottle, label, cap and closure — can be compostable or can be recycled alongside other paper products in curbside pickup in the majority of communities across the U.S. 

The prototype of the new bottle is expected later in 2022, with plans to test the innovation in select products across KDP’s beverage portfolio – from water to juices to carbonated beverages. 
Our new paper bottle prototype is one of many projects underway at KDP to create and test packaging solutions that are prioritizing an improved consumer experience and shelf-presence, while also reducing the Company’s usage of virgin plastic. Additional projects in development include:

  • A home compostable K-Cup® pod
  • Enhanced recyclability across several packaging types
  • Improved recyclability of multipack beverage carrier materials
  • Increased use of recycled content across KDP’s beverage packaging and coffee brewer portfolio

We look forward to teaming up with PAPACKS to create an innovative and differentiated plastic-free solution for beverages that delivers on consumer expectations for quality, convenience and sustainability!

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