Sprite Is Getting Rid of Green Bottles – Check out why

Two of The Coca-Cola Company’s most prominent brands are taking significant actions to keep a circular economy for plastic packaging. DASANI rolls out bottles produced from 100% recycled PET plastic (excluding caps and labels). Sprite is changed from green to transparent plastic to raise the material’s probability of being remade into new beverage bottles. 

Most DASANI bottles in the United States—from 20-oz. and 1.5-liter singles to 10-oz. and 12-oz. multipacks—will be delivered in 100% recycled plastic this summer. In Canada, this creation traverses all DASANI bottles. The shift sustains DASANI’s pledge to withdraw 2 billion virgin plastic bottles from production by 2027, corresponding to 2021 levels, and the company’s World Without a Waste goal to utilize at least 50% recycled plastic in its bottles by 2030. 

Source: Coca-Cola

The brand’s transition to 100% recycled plastic is launched to protect more than 20 million pounds of new plastic corresponded to 2019 and trim more than 25,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2023 alone. 

The DASANI report observes a successful launch of 100% recycled plastic* bottles in New York, California, and Texas, including Coca-Cola Trademark 20-oz. bottles. The introduction enabled the Coca-Cola system to identify the best-quality recycled PET (rPET) sources and fine-tune production processes needed to make 100% recycled plastic* bottles. 

The initial introduction drove consumer awareness through the bold, on-pack “100% Recycled Bottle and “Recycle Me Again” calls to action used on retail signage and other transmissions. DASANI bottles will resume featuring this messaging.

New Bottle, Same Sprite Green color to transparent

Sprite green color is moving all plastic PET packaging from its signature green shade to clear. Although green PET is recyclable, the recycled material is usually transformed into single-use items like apparel and carpeting that cannot be recycled into fresh PET bottles. During the sorting method, green and other colored PET is separated from a transparent material to bypass discoloring recycled food-grade packaging needed to make new PET bottles. 

“Carrying colors out of bottles enhances the grade of the recycled material,” said Julian Ochoa, CEO of R3CYCLE, working with Coca-Cola Consolidated to help bottle-to-bottle recycling across the most extensive U.S. bottler’s 14 state-territory. “This change will allow improving the availability of food-grade rPET. When recycled, transparent PET Sprite bottles can be remade into bottles, supporting a circular economy for plastic.”

Sprite green color
Source: Coca-Cola

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Vihaan Nagal

संवेष्टन अभियान्ता | Packaging Engineer | Verpackung Ingenieur *Free time blogger *Believe in packaging reform (say naa to orthodox packaging) My life lies between degradable and non-degradable material.

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