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Plastic Recycling February 26, 2021 08:00:16 PM

Coca-Cola Reduced Use of Virgin Plastics by 20%

Paul Ploumis
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Coca-Cola had made significant investments in its supply chain and R&D activities in developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions.

Coca-Cola Reduced Use of Virgin Plastics by 20%

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): With the launch of a 13.2-ounce bottle made from 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) plastic in the United States, beverage giant Coca-Cola aims to reduce the use of virgin plastics in its portfolio across North America by at least 20%, compared with 2018 levels.

Alpa Sutaria, vice president and general manager, sustainability, Coca-Cola North America Operating Unit noted that the recent launch of bottle made fully from rPET packaging, with the exception of the label and cap will help in reduction of use of new plastic and carbon emissions. The development will further accelerate its progress towards its ‘World Without Waste’ goal.

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Coca-Cola had made significant investments in its supply chain and R&D activities in developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. It took nearly nine months for the company to develop the new 100% rPET bottles, meeting all the performance requirements of carbonated beverage packaging. The company has been working with several suppliers to ensure supply of rPET for the manufacture of new bottles, Sutaria said.

The 100% rPET bottles will be initially made available in California, Florida and select states in the Northeast.

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