Coca-Cola is now becoming more involved in the environmental trend. The major soda company unveiled a new plastic bottle that’s made entirely from plant-based materials. The company claims that their new patented PlantBottle packaging is fully recyclable and is entirely derived from the natural sugars found in plants. “The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET but has a lighter footprint on the planet and its scarce resources,” the company states. They’re calling it the first of its kind, across the entire world. “Today is a pioneering milestone within our Company’s packaging portfolio,” Nancy Quan, Coca Cola’s Global Research and Development Officer said at the product’s unveiling in Milan Wednesday. “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.”
Since 2009, the company’s current PlantBottle packaging, which is made from about 30% plant-based materials, has been distributed to nearly 40 countries and has totaled to more than 35 billion bottles. “It is estimated the use of PlantBottle packaging since launch has helped save the equivalent annual emissions of more than 315,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide,” the company stated. Their is not a specific release date of when the 100% plant-based bottle will be released. A Coca-Cola spokesperson told the Daily News in an email that, “There is still more work to be done to reach our ultimate goal. However, when we reach that goal, we would look at a similar approach to rolling out the 100% package as we did our current PlantBottle package,” she stated.