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Beer Bottles Made of Sugar Set to Make Debut at Tokyo Olympics

  • New beverage material developed by Dutch company Avantium
  • Mitsui plans to sell bio-based plastic to Japan's brewers
Plastic bottles made from Avantium PEF. Source: Avantium

Japan’s Mitsui & Co. wants you drinking beer from bottles made of sugar at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The country’s second-biggest trading company has partnered with Avantium Technologies BV, an Amsterdam-based renewable chemicals company to develop and market plastic bottles made from plant-based sugars. Plastic bottles for beverages are typically derived from fossil fuels.