What is Coca‑Cola doing to reduce energy use, waste and packaging?
We are working to grow a low carbon, zero waste business, and inspire and lead change for a more sustainable future - so we've set ourselves some challenging goals.
Coca-Cola worked with the Carbon Trust to calculate our carbon footprint and this is one thing that has really helped us to make our business more environmentally responsible. We're looking at packaging in particular, as this represents a high proportion of our carbon footprint - since 1994, we've managed to reduce the weight of our plastic bottles by 38.5 per cent.
We're nearly at our target of using 25 per cent recycled material in all our plastic bottles. In the meantime, our glass bottles are already 37 per cent recycled and our cans are 50 per cent recycled aluminium. We also introduced PlantBottle™ packaging in 2011, which is 100 per cent recyclable and made partly from sustainable plant materials, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels for plastics.
Reducing landfill is a top priority. 99.5 per cent of the waste produced at our factories is now recycled, with just 0.5 per cent going to landfill. We've also joined forces with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to create nationwide Recycle Zones, making it easier for people to recycle on the go - while our online Recyclometer tool is designed to help demonstrate the positive impact that everyday recycling can have.