Coca-Cola in Germany, which has a variety of refillable and recyclable beverage packages, is discontinuing two of its refillable PET packaging sizes, which has led to some questions about the environmental impact of the decision.

Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG, the Coca-Cola bottler in Germany, is committed to providing a comprehensive range of the highest quality products to meet consumer needs while at the same time minimizing our impact on the environment. The German bottler offers products in a range of refillable bottles in both glass and PET, as well as recyclable PET plastic bottles. In fact, over the years, Coca-Cola in Germany has introduced a choice of eight different refillable packages* (from 0.2l glass bottle through to 1.5 l refillable PET).  

Last year, Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG announced that due to changes in consumer purchasing habits and to improve efficiencies it would no longer produce the 0.5l and 1.5l refillable PET bottles. 

Even with this change, the system’s refillable share of packaging in Germany will remain above the average of the overall German soft drinks industry. Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG remains committed to offering a packaging mix, whether in glass or PET, refillable or non-refillable. 

It will continue to offer 0.5 and 1.5l packs for German consumers in PET. This pack also has a second life with about 95% of Coca-Cola non-refillable PET packaging in Germany being collected and recycled into new products. Coca-Cola Germany also currently uses an average of 25% recycled material in its non-refillable PET bottles.

The Coca-Cola Company believes it can always do more and continues to work on packaging innovations. With the launch of Coca-Cola Life in Germany, it will introduce for the first time, worldwide, a bottle which is made exclusively of recycled PET. This 100% rPET bottle is produced in a resource-saving manner from recycled bottles. New material is not necessary, so that CO2 emissions and natural resources can be saved.

Please click here, to find out more about The Coca-Cola Company’s policies and actions relating to sustainable packaging. 

* Refillable range in Germany is: 0.2 glass; 0.25 glass; 0.33 glass, 0.5 glass; 0.5 PET; 0.7 glass; 1.0 PET; 1,5l PET