Coca-Cola unveiled the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials in 2015 at the World Expo in Milan. PlantBottle packaging™ uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making fully recyclable PET plastic bottles. The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET but has a lighter footprint on the planet and its resources. Moreover, Plantbottle material can, in combination with recycled PET produce a bottle from renewed and recycled materials.
Since 2009, Coca-Cola has distributed more than 35 billion bottles in nearly 40 countries using its current version of PlantBottle packaging, which is made from up to 30 percent plant-based recyclable materials. The use of PlantBottle packaging has helped save the equivalent annual emissions of more than 315,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide.