Coca-Cola debuts world’s first 100% plant-based bottle

Coca-Cola has launched the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials at the 2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy.

PlantBottle packaging uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making fully recyclable PET plastic bottles. The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET but has a lighter footprint on the planet and its resources.

Since 2009, Coca-Cola 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. Accordng to the beverage company, the use of PlantBottle packaging has helped save the equivalent annual emissions of more than 315,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide.

PlantBottle packaging can be used for a variety of packaging sizes and across water, sparkling, juice and tea brands.

Coca-Cola currently uses sugarcane and waste from the sugarcane manufacturing process to create PlantBottle packaging. Both materials meet Coke’s sustainability criteria 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, Coca-Cola said.


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