The Coca-Cola Company has announced a new sustainable packaging – bottles made entirely from plant materials — at the World Expo in Milan. According to the company, these are the first fully recyclable PET plastic bottles made of renewable materials.

The new packaging was co-developed with Madison, Wisconsin-based Virent, Inc., a processor of biofuels and biochemicals. According to Coca Cola, Virent used its BioFormPX® paraxylene to create the PlantBottle™ packaging. The plastic bottles are made completely from plants, including sugarcane and byproducts of processing sugarcane, rather than petroleum products.

PlantBottle™ packaging can be used for packaging water, sparkling, juice and tea beverage brands, according to Coca-Cola.

Global Research and Development Officer Nancy Quan said:

“Today is a pioneering milestone within our company’s packaging portfolio. Our vision was to maximize game-changing technology, using responsibly sourced plant-based materials to create the globe’s first fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made entirely from renewable materials. We are delighted to unveil the first bottles here at World Expo—a world-class exhibition where sustainable innovation is celebrated.”

The original PlantBottle™—made up of 30 percent plant material—was announced in 2009. According to Coke, these initial bottles have prevented the equivalent annual emissions of more than 315,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.


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