Coca-Cola has launched the first-of-its-kind PET plastic bottle, which is made of 100% renewable materials and is fully recyclable.
Introduced at the World Expo in Milan, Italy, the bottle is part of the company’s PlantBottle packaging.
The beverage firm deploys a technology that translates natural sugars into PET plastic bottles, as part of its objective to replace fossil fuel-made packaging.
Sugarcane and the waste from sugarcane manufacturing process have been utilized for making these bottles.
The company claims that the bottle, resembling the traditional one and offering a lighter footprint on Earth, can be cast to fit various packaging requirements for storing water, sparkling, juice and tea beverage brands.
The Coca-Cola Company global research and development officer Nancy Quan said: "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."
The natural ingredients for making the bottles satisfy the sustainability criteria for the PlantBottle material, without impinging on food security, society and environment, the company said.
So far, the firm has distributed over 35 billion PlantBottle bottles across 40 countries since 2009. The version makes use of up to 30% plant-based materials, cutting down annual emissions of over 315,000t of carbon dioxide.
Image: Coca-Cola PET bottle, derived from plant materials. Photo: courtesy of Coca-Cola Company.