Avantium, a research and development firm based in Amsterdam, is partnering with Groupe Danone to produce bio-sourced water bottles for the industry giant.
Danone Research and Avantium have entered an agreement to make bottles from polyethylene furanoate — a furanic polyester developed by Avantium as a 100 percent bio-based, recyclable alternative to PET.
PEF boasts superior thermal, barrier and light-weighting properties compared with PET, according to Avantium.
Avantium makes PEF using its YXY technology, a catalytic process that converts carbohydrates into bio-based polymers, including an alternative to terephthalic acid. Using YXY technology, Danone and Avantium will create renewable materials using feedstocks that do not compete directly with food production. YXY can use a variety of feedstocks, such as grains, energy crops, lignocellulosic matter, waste streams, waste paper or agricultural residues, Avantium said in a news release.
This is the second major partnership for Avantium. In December, Coca-Cola Co. announced it was investing in the firm and two other companies, in an effort to find a 100 percent bio-based version of its PlantBottle.
Avantium operates a pilot plant in Geleen, Netherlands, with annual capacity to make 40 tons of PEF for application development.