US - The Coca-Cola Company (TCC) has introduced what it says is the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials.
This latest fully recyclable PlantBottle is 100% made of a PET resin containing biobased monoethylene glycol (MEG), a significant step up from the previous version, which was made of 30% biobased PET and 70% PTA (purified terephthalic acid).
The PlantBottle was unveiled at the World Expo in Milan, and Nancy Quan, TCC’s Global Research and Development Officer, said, “Today is a pioneering milestone within our Company’s packaging portfolio.
“Our vision was to maximize game-changing technology, using responsibly sourced plant-based materials to create the globe’s first fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made entirely from renewable materials. We are delighted to unveil the first bottles here at World Expo - a world-class exhibition where sustainable innovation is celebrated.”
TCC currently uses sugarcane and waste from the sugarcane manufacturing process to create PlantBottle packaging. Both materials meet the beverage giant’s established sustainability criteria used to identify plant-based ingredients for PlantBottle material; these guiding principles include demonstrating improved environmental and social performance as well as avoiding negative impacts on food security.
Since the 2009 launch, TCC has distributed more than 35 billion bottles in nearly 40 countries using its current version of PlantBottle packaging which is made from up to 30% plant-based materials. The company estimates the use of PlantBottle packaging since launch has helped save the equivalent annual emissions of more than 315,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
TCC says it plans to continue investment in its PlantBottle packaging.
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