The Coca-Cola Company has joined forces with India-based JBF Industries in a bid to globally expand production of the plant-based material used in the company’s PlantBottle packaging.
This collaboration will facilitate Coca-Cola to extend its capability to provide renewable, lower-carbon plastics and realize its goal of making all its plastic bottles with PlantBottle packaging technology by 2020.
“The Coca-Cola company’s PlantBottle package, the first ever recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants, was introduced in 2009,” said Ronald Lewis, Vice President, Procurement and Chief Procurement Officer.
“Today, Coca-Cola has sold more than ten billion PlantBottle packages around the world that are less dependent on petroleum and have a lower carbon impact,” he added.
According to Coca-Cola, both materials meet the company’s sustainability criteria used to identify plant-based ingredients for the packaging. The new plant’s construction is slated to commence at the end of 2012 and extend for 24 months. The estimated full annual production capacity of the facility is 500,000 metric tons of material. The utilization of plant-based materials in place of non-renewable materials will enable the plant to eliminate 690,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Available in more than 24 countries worldwide and used across a wide variety of Coca-Cola products, the PlantBottle packaging use has eliminated the equivalent of almost 100,000t of CO2 emissions.
“The Coca-Cola company is happy that its collaboration with JBF Industries will help them to further increase the global production of plant-based materials,” he stated.