PlantBottle packaging is the latest breakthrough from The Coca-Cola Company designed to change the way the world thinks of plastic bottles. It is the first ever fully recyclable PET plastic beverage bottle made partially from plants. The material looks and functions just like traditional PET plastic, but has a lighter footprint on the planet and its scarce resources.

The Basics

PET plastic bottles are currently made through a process that turns sugarcane into a key component of PET plastic. Available in nine countries as of 2010, more than 2.5 billion PlantBottle packages have reached the marketplace and that’s just the beginning.

The Benefits

PlantBottle packages are just like traditional PET plastic bottles – fully recyclable, convenient, lightweight - except that instead of being entirely made from petroleum and other fossil fuels, PlantBottle packaging uses materials made from plants.*

The Source

Just because a material is made from plants doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better for the environment or society.

* Our substitution of renewable plant-based material for fossil-based petroleum resources in making PlantBottle packaging provides for a reduction of potential carbon dioxide emissions associated with end-of-life destruction of the package as compared to a conventional 100% petroleum-based bottle, because some of the carbon atoms in PlantBottle packaging come from a renewable source, sugarcane, and emission of those carbon atoms would be offset by the next sugarcane crop’s use of carbon dioxide in the plant’s photosynthesis process. Our work to understand the full range of carbon impacts associated with PlantBottle packaging as compared to traditional 100% petroleum-based PET plastic bottles continues. We are working with leading experts and thinkers on the subject. We will update our work in this area on this website so that the carbon footprint of PlantBottle packaging is known.