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Coca-Cola Announces Switch To Plant-Based Biodegradable Plastic Bottles

by | May 24, 2020

Global beverage giant Coca-Cola has announced that all plastic bottles will be made using plant-based biodegradable plastic by 2023.

Coca-Cola’s transition to more environmentally-friendly bottles is part of a campaign called the Paper Bottle Project — an eco-conscious initiative that aims to completely eradicate traditional plastic bottles.

“Returned To Nature Without Harm”

“Imagine that all plastic packaging in your store one day has disappeared, and eventually all glass bottles and metal cans” said the Paper Bottle Project.

“That all packages are made of renewable materials that can be recycled or returned to nature without harm.”

The new biodegradable plastic takes less than one year to decompose, whereas traditional products can take up to 1,000 years.

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Plant-Based Biodegradable Plastic

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola stated that it had no plans to transition to more sustainable options, claiming that customers want single-use bottles.

In an interview with the BBC, Bea Perez — Coca-Cola’s head of sustainability — said that not using single-use bottles could “hit sales” and “alienate customers.”

The new biodegradable plastic bottles are the creation of a team of Dutch companies, including sustainable technology company Avantium.

“Very Attractive Sustainability Credentials”

“This plastic has very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels, said Tom Van Aken, Avantium CEO, “and can be recycled but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do.”

Do you think Coca-Cola will stick to its goal of using plant-based biodegradable options by 2023? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!


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