Plastic Fantastic

PlantBottle™ packaging is another step on our journey towards petroleum-free plastic

PlantBottle packaging

At Coca‑Cola, we are always looking at ways to reduce the resources we use in our packaging. At the moment, the raw materials needed to make most plastics come from petroleum and other fossil fuels, and ‘regular’ plastic bottles are currently made from petroleum. Our new PlantBottle packaging will move us one step closer to our long-term goal of creating plastic bottles that are truly petroleum-free.

Bottle breakdown

Our PlantBottle plastic is currently made using:

  • Up to 22.5 per cent plant-based PET plastic
  • Up to 25 per cent recycled PET plastic
  • Plus ‘regular’ PET plastic.

Did you know? By 2020, our vision is that every plastic bottle will be made from a combination of plant-based materials and recycled PET plastic.

We have been producing many of our Coca‑Cola brands in recyclable PET plastic bottles for over 30 years. PlantBottle packaging is our new, innovative plastic that has the same look and feel of a traditional PET bottle but is part-composed of plant-based materials.

The plant-based part is currently made using sustainably sourced sugarcane from Brazil. We take the sugarcane and convert its natural sugars into bioethanol, which forms one of the key ingredients used in making PET plastic. This method of production consumes less fossil fuel than the production of regular petroleum-based plastic.

We’re working hard to find a wider variety of plant sources to create our PlantBottle plastic. In the future we hope to use plant waste, such as fruit peel, bark and stalks.

Did you know? Brazilian sugarcane ethanol is more productive than any alternative in terms of biofuel per hectare of land required.

Although the technology is there, we’re also working with research partners to find ways of making the entire plastic bottle from a combination of plant material and recycled PET plastic in a commercially viable way.

Spot the bottle!

PlantBottle packaging is easy to spot - just look for the green logo on the label when you buy your next Coca‑Cola, Diet Coke or Coke Zero. And don't forget to recycle - this can lower the carbon footprint of you and your family's empty packaging by around 40%.

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