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Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle impressed the judges in this highly competitive category, with one describing it as an
“interesting exploration into the use of a new biopolymer”. Another noted that the bottle was a “fantastic initiative and is leading the way to build up the sustainability agenda”. The PlantBottle is a fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plant-based material.
PlantBottle packaging is made by converting the natural sugars in sugarcane into bioethanol, which forms one of the key ingredients for making PET. Judges were impressed that the bottle has an edge over some other plant-based plastics, as it can be processed through existing recycling facilities without contaminating traditional PET. As a result it can still be recycled easily without having to be separated from conventional plastics. According to
Coca-Cola, PlantBottle looks, functions and recycles just like traditional PET but does so with a lighter footprint on the planet. There is no difference in shelf life or weight from regular PET bottles and Coke can use PlantBottle with its sparkling and still beverages.