Beverage brands ranging from DASANI to
Since introducing PlantBottle,
Earlier this year, in an online op-ed for The Washington Post,
“We need more companies using this technology across a wide range of applications to achieve the impact we know it can have,” Quincey wrote. “This isn’t just about PlantBottle. It’s about fundamentally shifting our mindset. We can’t afford for anyone to hoard good ideas if they could help protect the planet.”
Currently, only a limited number of suppliers produce the type of biomaterial used to make PlantBottle resin, which adds complexity and cost to the production process. By encouraging more use of bioPET by companies both inside and outside the beverage industry, Coke hopes to scale up demand and, in turn, drive down pricing.
“Broadening access to our PlantBottle IP aligns with our ‘World Without Waste’ vision and goal of getting renewably sourced polymers into our closed loop,” said Scott Pearson, senior director of global R&D innovation at The
Coca-Cola also is innovating the underlying bioplastics technologies to further increase the world’s supply of bio-material that can be used in PET resin; investing in technology to use more recycled material in its packaging; and making its plastic packages lighter and easier to recycle. In addition, the company is distributing recycling bins, creating collection centers and promoting recycling in local communities around the world.