Sustainable Packaging

South Africa's PET Plastic Recycling Rates Close in on European Standards

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In the last few years, countries looking to boost their recycling numbers have looked to the field's European innovators, like Germany and Austria, for inspiration and effective models. But they should consider taking a few notes from South Africa, too. More than 2 billion PET bottles—plastic bottles used to package products made by Coca-Cola and other brands—were collected and recycled in South Africa in 2016, Africa Business Magazine reported.

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Sustainable Packaging Overview

The value of packaging is often seen as a paradox. Portable, re-sealable, lightweight, shatter-resistant -- all valuable roles packaging provides in meeting consumer needs and preventing waste while delivering products safely with high quality. However, once emptied, packaging can present an environmental issue if not properly disposed of or collected for reuse. We are actively working throughout the Coca‑Cola system to create solutions by advancing

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Deposit Return Systems: What Are They and What Does Coca-Cola Think About Them?

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What are they? A deposit return system (DRS), also known as a deposit refund scheme in some countries, is a mechanism where a price surcharge is placed on a product when purchased, and a monetary rebate is provided back to a consumer when the product package is returned after use. In most cases, deposits are placed on packages to encourage recovery of that package to recycle its material. In other words, it’s

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Why the Circular Economy Presents an Opportunity for the Packaging Sector

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This four-part blog series authored by Coke's director of sustainability for Western Europe, originally published on LinkedIn. At a recent packaging innovation conference, I was asked to provide the keynote speech. What better topic to choose at this moment in time than to talk about two words that have become the subject of much debate and discussion in industry, politics as well as in the media: circular economy. You could say they are the latest

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