Coca-cola bottle unveils hybrid

The American Coca-Cola announced last Thursday a new fully recyclable bottle and low carbon footprint when compared to petroleum-based (polyethylene terephthalate - PET).

The new bottle will be produced from a mixture where the raw materials will be from both oil and plant - up to 30%. The innovative process lies in the processing of cane sugar and molasses in a key which enters into the constitution of the new plastic bottle. Other plant materials are also being investigated by Coca-Cola to produce the next generation of "PlantBottle ™."

The life cycle analysis conducted by the Imperial College in London showed that "PlantBottle" consisting of 30% of plants would reduce carbon emissions up to 25%, compared to bottle-based oil.

Another advantage is that, unlike other plastic products, it can be treated with manufacturing facilities and recycling PET bottles without contaminating traditional plastics. Thus, the hybrid material can be used, recycled and reused again and again.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola has opened the largest recycling plant for plastic bottles in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The plant will produce approximately 50 000 tons of recycled plastics to be reused annually - the equivalent of almost 2 billion bottles of 60 cl.

Finally, it is worth remembering the following points:
  • Requires 7 gallons of water to make a plastic bottle, not to flow from the production, bottling, to the point of sale! * It takes a millennium for a plastic bottle disappear completely
  • Drinking water tap is 100 to 1,000 times more environmentally friendly than bottled mineral water
  • 4% of world oil production is used to manufacture plastics.
  • A ton of recycled plastic saves 2 593 liters of oil.

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