ATLANTA (May 9, 3:30 p.m. ET) — Coca-Cola Co. intends to use less secondary packaging and produce more of its bottles from plant-based materials, according to the company's seventh Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report.
The report, titled “How can a drink build a more sustainable tomorrow?” includes how the company is attempting to remove the cardboard trays from cases of small PET bottles, which it said will save 4,481 tons of corrugated cardboard per year or 14 percent of the total used by Coca-Cola.
The Atlanta-based company also said that by 2020 all PET bottles will contain a combination of plant-based material and recycled PET.
“As we move forward on our CRS journey, we realize that we don't have all the answers,” John Brock, chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Innovation and collaboration with our stakeholders is key, particularly in the context of the macroeconomic and societal challenges we continue to face. In partnership with our stakeholders, we seek to continue developing CRS solutions that benefit our company, our industry and society at large.”