I love the PlantBottle!
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Oct. 7, 2012
Coca-Cola and Valpre’ Spring Water Plant Bottles are only two of hundreds of Coca-Cola products bottled in a more sustainable fashion.
The Coca-Cola Company in partnership with JBF Industries Ltd. is expanding production of the plant-based material used in the Company's PlantBottle packaging. The partnership will help Coca-Cola continue bringing renewable, lower-carbon plastics to the marketplace and move the Company closer to its target of using PlantBottle packaging technology in all of its plastic bottles by 2020.
In a prepared statement, the company said the benefits of sustainable innovation are only fully realized when commercialized and put in the hands of consumers. In 2009, Coca-Cola introduced the PlantBottle package and today, Coca-Cola has sold more than 10 billion PlantBottles around the world.
To support the partnership, JBF Industries Ltd. will build the world's largest facility to produce bio-glycol -- the key ingredient used to make PlantBottle packaging. The facility will be located in Araraquara, Sao Paulo, Brazil and will produce the ingredient using locally sourced sugarcane and sugarcane processing waste. Both materials meet The Coca-Cola Company's established sustainability criteria used to identify plant-based ingredients for PlantBottle packaging. These guiding principles include demonstrating improved environmental and social performance as well as avoiding negative impacts on food security.
At full capacity, it is estimated the facility will produce 500,000 metric tons of PlantBottle material per year. By using plant-based materials instead of non-renewable materials, the facility will remove the equivalent of 690,000 metric tons of CO2 or the equivalent of consuming more than 1.5 million barrels of oil each year.
Construction on the new facility is expected to begin at the end of this year.