LONDON (Sept. 14, 11:15 a.m. ET) — All conventional 500ml PET bottles for Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and diet Coke sold in the United Kingdom are being replaced by the company's PlantBottle, which includes materials partly sourced from plants, according to Coca-Cola Great-Britain.
In addition, AT&T Inc. announced Sept. 12 that it will use PlantBottle resin in its accessory packaging. The plastic will be used in packaging for AT&T-branded wireless accessories, which includes most device cases and power accessories.
Jon Woods, country manager for Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland, said: “The PlantBottle package is a bottle we can all feel good about and is a significant step on our journey towards more sustainable packaging. It looks, feels and functions just like a normal plastic bottle, but it helps reduce our reliance on non-renewable resources.”
More than 200 million PlantBottles will hit the shelves in the UK this year, part of a wide-ranging Coke rollout: by the end of 2011 more than 5 billion PlantBottles will be on the market in 20 countries.
The PlantBottles used in the Great Britain are made from up to 22.5 percent plant-based material and up to 25 percent recycled PET, said Coca-Cola. The plant-based component is sourced from bioethanol from sugarcane.
AT&T said it also plans to slim down its accessory packaging. In 2010 and 2011, the company eliminated the use of more than 500 tons of paper and plastic in that packaging.