We are fundamentally rethinking how we get our products to consumers, including what kind of packaging to use and whether a package is needed at all.
Each packaging type has its own benefits and trade-offs, depending on the material and its attributes, such as its recycled content, reusability and recyclability; the rate at which the package is recovered; and its impacts if it is not properly managed when discarded. We are working toward more sustainable packaging for our beverages.
Versatile, lightweight material that is highly recyclable with a carbon footprint that varies from low to moderate depending on the input material (recycled, plant-based or virgin) and whether the bottle is collected and refilled or recycled.
Lightweight, high-value, nearly infinitely recyclable and preferred by some consumers because it’s recycled at a relatively high rate. Its carbon footprint varies from moderate to high depending on whether it is made from energy-intensive virgin aluminum (and what that energy source is) or recovered aluminum.
A heavy, breakable and sometimes low-value material, glass is less attractive to recycle than other materials. However, it can be manufactured to be readily refillable and has a low carbon footprint when collected and refilled.
Many consumers carry reusable bottles and cups, and we’re inventing a variety of ways for them to enjoy our products, including Coca‑Cola Freestyle and DASANI PureFill.
Packages made of a combination of paper, plastic and foil have relatively low carbon footprints and are compact and lightweight, but they are only recyclable where infrastructure exists.