Coke sustainability report emphasizes plant-based packaging

Kerri Jansen

Published: November 7, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Suppliers, Sustainability, Packaging

ATLANTA (Nov. 7, 12:45 p.m. ET) — Coca-Cola Co. issued its 2011-12 Global Sustainability Report Nov. 7, declaring progress in plant-based packaging and water stewardship programs.

The Atlanta-based beverage giant has so far distributed internationally more than 10 billion fully recyclable packages made with plant-based materials. The company reported that 5 percent of its packaging material comes from recycled or renewable materials and has set a goal to source 25 percent of its PET from recycled or renewable material by 2015.

About 37 percent of bottles and cans sold by Coca-Cola are recovered, the company estimated in the report. The company’s goal is 50 percent recovery by 2015.

Since 2004, Coca-Cola has improved its water use ratio (liters of water used per liter of product produced) by 20 percent. The report also touted progress in efforts to support healthy watersheds and sustainable community water programs.

The company reported 2011 global manufacturing carbon emissions were 3 percent higher than in 2010, but down 4 percent at manufacturing operations in developed countries.

Coca-Cola reported total greenhouse gas emissions of 5.32 million metric tons (MMt) carbon dioxide equivalent in 2011, compared to 5.19 MMt in 2010. In 2009, the company emitted 5.33 MMt, according to the report.

“We recognize that the sustainability of our business depends on the health of the communities we serve. We also know that we won’t reach our 2020 Vision of doubling the business without embedding sustainability into our business to drive efficiency and effectiveness,” Bea Perez, Coca-Cola’s chief sustainability officer, said in a company news release.


Comments

Coke sustainability report emphasizes plant-based packaging

Kerri Jansen

Published: November 7, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Windmöller & Hölscher looking to continued growth in China

July 21, 2014 3:40 pm ET

With 2013 global sales of 600 million euros, China has grown into an important export market for Windmöller & Hölscher KG, second only to the United...    More

San Antonio launching curbside recycling of plastic bags

July 21, 2014 3:06 pm ET

Curbside plastic bag recycling is coming to one of the largest cities in the country.    More

Image

Grocery store chain says bag recycling up by 10 percent

July 21, 2014 2:54 pm ET

Kroger Co., with more than 2,600 stores in 34 states and sales nearing $100 billion, saw plastic bag recycling increase by 10 percent last year.    More

China launches investments in Belarus

July 21, 2014 10:10 am ET

China is preparing to invest in a major bottle grade PET production project planned by the Belarus PET and polyester fibers producer...    More

Image

Thermoforming Technology Group adds Lyle Industries to its portfolio

July 18, 2014 2:48 pm ET

Thermoforming Technology Group LLC has expanded its thermoforming equipment presence with the acquisition of Lyle Industries Inc.    More

Market Reports

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Market Review & Outlook 2014

This special report from Plastics News examines the North American plastics recycling industry and provides insight into indicators that impact market viability, including Resin pricing trends for virgin and recycled market material and historical Resin production trends for post- consumer and industrial waste.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events