packaging

Can the PlantBottle Revolutionize Plastic Packaging?

Each and every day of the year, people consume 1.5 billion Coca-Cola products.  And they hope to double that number over the next decade.

This leaves Coke, like other beverage companies, with a significant problem. These hundreds of billions of bottles, made of petroleum-based plastics, constitutes the major part of the company’s carbon footprint.

Behold the PlantBottle. Made of up to 22.5% bioethanol derived from sugarcane and 25% recycled plastic, Coke says that the PlantBottle has the potential to revolutionize not just their company, but the whole beverage packaging industry. It uses far less carbon to produce and is both more recyclable and more biodegradable than standard polyethylene terepthalate (PET) plastic bottles.

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EPR Means Efficient Packaging

“Companies are finding that using less complex packaging helps cut sourcing, energy production and distribution and fuel costs across the supply chain.”

This article from the Sustainable Business Forum highlights a key part of what VT’s EPR legislation would accomplish. Efficiency in packaging is a: Win-Win-Win.  For the environment, for manufacturers and suppliers, and for consumers.


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