Coca-Cola reveals recycled marine plastic bottles
From:Packaging News Coca-Cola has unveiled its first sample bottle made using recovered and recycled marine plastics.
The global soft drinks giant partnered with Ioniqa Technologies Indorama Ventures and Mares Circulares (Circular Seas). Around 300 sample bottles were made using 25% recycled marine plastic retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea and beaches.
According to Coca-Cola, the marine plastic bottle has been developed as proof of concept for what the technology may achieve in time. In the immediate term, the brand said that enhanced recycling will be introduced at commercial scale using waste streams from existing recyclers, including previously unrecyclable plastics and lower-quality recyclables. From 2020, Coca-Cola plans to roll out this enhanced recycled content in some of its bottles.
Bruno van Gompel, technical and supply chain director for Coca-Cola in Western Europe, said: “This bottle is testament to what can be achieved, through partnership and investment in revolutionary new technologies. In bringing together partners from across our supply chain, from a community clean up partnership in Spain and Portugal to an investment in technological innovation in the Netherlands, we have been able, for the first time, to bring damaged marine plastic back to food-grade material to make new bottles.
“Enhanced recycling technologies are enormously exciting, not just for us but for industry and society at large. They accelerate the prospect of a closed loop economy for plastic, which is why we are investing behind them. As these begin to scale, we will see all kinds of used plastics returned, as good as new, not just once but again and again, diverting waste streams from incineration and landfill.”
Tim Brett, President for Coca-Cola Western Europe, added: “Too many of the world’s finite resources are currently discarded as waste. We know we need to do more to correct this. The targets we have set out today are ambitious and rightly so. There is a valuable role for packaging, but it must always be collected, recycled and reused. Our aim, working in partnership, is to see the term ‘single-use plastic’ become redundant, both in our business and beyond, as all of our plastic – and indeed all of our packaging – is delivered within a closed loop.”
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