First off I was at the #GoFurther event from Ford Motor Company. We had a breakout session talking plant-based bottles. Then I saw Scott Vitters from Coca-Cola. He’s a lead person talking plant-based bottles to drink water from. He announced Coca Cola is going 100 percent plant-based by 2020. Viva!!!
Innovation comes from inspiration. So at The Coca-Cola Company they are greatly inspired by the very people who drink their beverages. Their consumers expect us to deliver the beverages they know and love in a package that meets their needs such as convenience and safety. Yet also in a package that is environmentally considerate. PlantBottle™ packaging has met consumer expectations since 2009. The first-ever fully recyclable PET plastic beverage bottle made partly from plants. It looks and functions just like traditional PET plastic. Therefore, it has a lighter footprint on the planet and its scarce resources.
Since its introduction in 2009, PlantBottle packaging distributing in a variety of packaging sizes. That is across water, sparkling, juice and tea beverage brands. Coca-Cola to DASANI to Gold Peak. Today, PlantBottle packaging accounts for 30 percent of the Company’s packaging volume in North America. Also and more interesting there is 7 percent growth globally. However that is some 6 billion bottles annually. Therefore, making The Coca-Cola Company a large bioplastics end-user.
PlantBottle packaging is reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and increasing our use of renewable materials. To date, more than 35 billion PlantBottle packages distributing in nearly 40 countries. The technology has enabled us to cut the potential for more than 315,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions—equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from burning more than 743,000 barrels of oil—and save more than 36 million gallons of gas.