Coca-Cola unveils bottle made from marine plastics

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Coca-Cola has pledged to ensure all of its packaging is 100% recyclable, with at least 50% recycled content by 2025

Coca-Cola has unveiled its first ever sample bottle made using recovered and recycled marine plastics.

Approximately 300 sample bottles were made using 25% recycled marine plastic retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea and beaches thanks to a partnership with Ioniqa Technologies, Indorama Ventures, Mares Circulares (Circular Seas) and The Coca-Cola Company.

Coca-Cola claims it is the first plastic bottle made from marine plastic to be used in food and drink packaging.

The drinks brand has now pledged to ensure all of its packaging is 100% recyclable, with at least 50% recycled content by 2025.

It has also recently transitioned its Sprite brand from green to clear PET plastic bottles, making them easier to recycle bottle to bottle.

Bruno van Gompel, technical and supply chain director, Coca-Cola in Western Europe, said: “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.”

The marine plastic bottle has been developed as proof of concept for what the technology could achieve.

A newly formed Packaging Innovation Hub will continue to focus and accelerate investment and innovation in sustainable packaging solutions across Western Europe.

The UK Plastics Reprocessing conference will take place on 13 November at Cavendish Conference Centre, 1 America Square, London. Click here to reserve your place.

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