DNP Develops 98% Biomass Contents Paper Beverage Container

Yet another domestic first!

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) is pleased to announce the development of a paper beverage container that includes 98% biomass1 contents from biomass polyethylene manufactured with plant-derived raw materials, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC2) certified paper. The development of this biomass-rich paper beverage container marks yet another domestic first for DNP, and the new container will be launched in December targeting beverages, including fruit juices and coffee.

[Background to Latest Development]

DNP actively develops a variety of packaging materials that take into consideration the environmental burden, sustainability and biodiversity. In 2012, DNP led the world in the development of a biomass film using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that included plant-derived raw materials, in the form of blackstrap molasses of sugar cane. Following this, in 2013 the Company also developed a transparent barrier film with a heightened barrier feature against oxygen and water vapor, while July 2014 saw DNP develop an aluminum vapor deposition film exhibiting superior barrier features and light blocking effects. Both these and other developments are now offered as packaging materials for foods and daily necessities.

Since 1980, DNP has also developed and marketed paper beverage containers for juices, tea and alcoholic beverages, and has led the industry in doing so.

This latest development is a paper beverage container using FSC certified paper laminated on both sides with polyethylene resin using plant-derived materials. This latest product from DNP will be offered for paper beverage containers as part of our product lineup that combines the strengths of existing paper containers and biomass film.


Approximately 98% Biomass Achieved

By laminating both sides of the FSC certified paper with 95% biomass polyethylene, it has been possible to achieve a biomass content of approximately 98% for the container overall. As a result, apart from the ink, it can be said that this latest development is a container for liquids that achieves a biomass content of virtually 100%. Companies adopting this new high level biomass content container will be in a position to make further promotional appeals regarding their eco-friendly stance by attaching an FSC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) label to the container.

Applicable to a Variety of Beverages

The newly developed product conforms to Ministry of Health and Welfare Notification, No.370, and the Ministerial Ordinance on Milk and Milk Products3, and as a result, can be used for a variety of beverage containers, including those for juices.

[Environmental Responses]

The biomass polyethylene that form the raw materials for the newly developed product, successfully reduces petroleum usage volume by substituting plant-derived products for petro-derived materials, without sacrificing any of the adhesive functions. And in quantitatively evaluating the environmental burden reduction effect via a Life Cycle Assessment, it has been revealed that CO2 emissions throughout the entire life cycle of the newly developed product have been reduced by approximately 14% compared to currently available products that use petro-derived polyethylene resin. It is also possible to recycle the newly developed product in the same way as with existing beverage containers. And, DNP will promote the dissemination on this latest product, and contribute to the prevention of global warming.

[Future Developments]

As far as possible, DNP aims to work towards the switching to biomass film of packaging materials offered to the manufacturers of foods, beverages and daily necessities. Starting with the newly developed product, the Company will also promote the switching to biomass of other products, and will engage in the dissemination of the biomass film, and the penetration to consumers of biomass and FSC certification labels. DNP aims for sales of 15 billion yen by fiscal year 2017 from packaging using biomass film.


1: Biomass content: The share of biomass raw materials as a part of dry weight in the dry weight of all raw materials used. The biomass content of overall containers using the newly developed product is approximately 98%, but as the biomass content as measured by the Japan Organics Recycling Association is expressed in 10% units, the biomass content figure displayed on products is 90%.
2: FSC certification: An international certification system operated by FSC, a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC operates two types of certificate, FSC Certification and Chain of Custody (CoC) certification. FSC Certification is awarded to forests appropriately managed based on rigorous international standards that take into consideration environmental, social and social impact. CoC certification certifies that the wood and wood products extracted from FSC certified forests have been separately managed from wood and wood products from uncertified forests during the processing and distribution process.
3: Ministry of Health and Welfare Notification, No.370, 1959, and the Ministerial Ordinance on Milk and Milk Products: the Ministerial Ordinance on Milk and Milk Products is an abbreviation of The Ministerial Ordinance on Milk and Milk Products Concerning Compositional Standards, etc. (Ministry of Health and Welfare Ordinance No. 52, 1951), stipulating milk and milk product composition and manufacturing standards, along with container packaging standards. Ministry of Health and Welfare Notification, No.370, 1959 stipulates specifications and standards for food, food additives, equipment and container packaging.


* Product prices, specification and service contents mentioned in this news release are current as of the date of publication. They may be changed at any time without notice.