Where does the PlantBottle™ material come from?
PlantBottle™ packaging is fully recyclable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, which is made partly from plant material.
It doesn't look or feel any different from a 'regular' plastic bottle, but it’s the next step towards Coca-Cola’s long term goal of creating truly petroleum-free packaging and we are currently working on making PET plastic packaging entirely of plant waste like stems, barks and fruit skins.
To make PlantBottle™ packaging, we take responsibly sourced sugarcane from Brazil and convert its natural sugars into something called bio-monoethylene glycol or b-MEG, which forms one of the key ingredients for making PET plastic. We worked with industry leaders and environmental charities to find a sustainable plant material that wouldn’t harm the ecology or the people of the region where it is produced, and Brazilian sugarcane is the only source meeting these criteria at the moment.
The sugarcane is watered naturally by rain and grown on abundant land, far from any rainforest. We're also looking at ways of getting our b-MEG from plant sources other than sugarcane - things like fruit peel, bark, stems and other waste.