Exclusive: Coca-Cola unveils prototype bottle made from 100% plant-based sources (packagingeurope.com)

Exclusive: Coca-Cola unveils prototype bottle made from 100% plant-based sources (packagingeurope.com)

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The Coca-Cola Company today revealed its first prototype bottle made from 100% plant-based plastic (bPET), produced using technologies that the company says are now ready to be commercially scaled across the industry.

This builds on Coca-Cola and UPM’s technological breakthrough announced earlier this week for the first planned commercialization of technologies to convert second-generation biomass to plant-based monoethylene glycol (bMEG), one of two molecules necessary to create bPET. The other molecule used is PTA, comprised of bPTA and Virent’s bPX.

The new prototype announced today (barring its label and lid) exclusively uses materials from renewable, plant-based sources, removing all petroleum-based content from the bottle. According to the company, it represents a significant technological step forward in the reduction of virgin oil-based PET across commercially produced bottles. (Read more)