Working Toward a Circular Economy
It’s well known that reducing, reusing and recycling materials helps conserve resources and protect the environment, but the benefits don’t end there. Our system-wide analysis of our carbon footprint shows it’s vital for helping to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Strategies to increase the sustainability of our packaging can also empower consumers to make positive choices and improve livelihoods in the communities where we operate.
Every one of the more than 3,600 different beverage offerings we produce requires some form of package in order to be safely delivered to consumers. Packaging is vital to protecting our products during delivery and use, and nearly all of our packaging material has value as recycled material. That is why we are working to find ways to avoid our packaging turning into waste and to help it remain a valuable resource for the economy. Our efforts to create more sustainable packaging are expected to contribute to our overall goal of reducing the CO2 emissions associated with the “drink in your hand” by 2020.
Our long-term vision is to leverage our significant scale and resources to contribute meaningfully to the “circular economy,” in which materials are used and reused to constantly rebuild natural and social capital. In this system, all resources—material, energy and human—are seen as valuable.
We recognize, however, that a truly sustainable circular economy requires a wide range of actions, including engaging consumers, advocating for needed policy changes, building supply chain partnerships, developing renewable technologies and more. Ultimately, it requires building a system in which many people, institutions and technologies work together to reduce, redesign, recover, recycle and reuse packaging.
Our industry has long time proponent of circular thinking, particularly when it comes to packaging.
As we engage with businesses, governments, consumers and innovators, we are learning more about how the circular economy can and should work, and how we can support its global adoption.
As our industry and our world further embrace innovations and new approaches, and drive toward a circular economy, we at
Read more about our approach to The Circular Economy:
- The Circular Economy: What Does It Mean to
Coca-Cola’s Director of Sustainability?
- The Circular Economy: What Changes do Stakeholders in the Packaging Sector Need to Make?
- The Circular Economy: How is it a Business Opportunity for
Coca-Colaand the Packaged Goods Industry?
- The Circular Economy: How Important is Innovation and Effective Regulation?
- COP21: THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY COULD BE THE TOTAL PACKAGE
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