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  • Coca-Cola is introducing a new 13.2-ounce bottle made from 100 percent recycled plastic material in parts of the Northeast, Florida and California.
  • The bottle will debut with the company’s most popular products, such as Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar and Coca-Cola Flavors.
  • Meanwhile, 20-ounce bottles made entirely of recycled plastics will also be sold in California and New York starting this month.

The Coca-Cola company is taking action to curb its plastic waste and reduce its carbon footprint. 

The soda giant, which is considered one of the world’s top plastic polluters, on Tuesday announced it will be rolling out a new 13.2-ounce bottle made from 100 percent recycled plastic material starting this month in select states in the Northeast, Florida and California, before launching nationwide over the summer. 


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Coca-Cola said the new bottle is conveniently sized in a “more sippable package” and reduces the use of new plastic. The bottle will debut with the company’s most popular products, such as Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar and Coca-Cola Flavors. 

“Given our scale and resources, we realize our unique opportunity and clear responsibility to make a positive difference in the global plastic crisis,” Alpa Sutaria, Coca-Cola’s general manager of sustainability, said in a statement. “Plastic is a valuable packaging resource and these innovations in the U.S. represent meaningful action that focus not just on what goes into the bottles, but on innovation of the bottles themselves.” 

Meanwhile, 20-ounce bottles made entirely of recycled plastics will also be sold in California and New York starting this month. 

In addition, the company said it is transitioning to bottles made from 100 percent recycled material across a selection of its other brands, including DASANI and smartwater, which will be available in various sizes later this year. The company is also moving Sprite to clear packaging by the end of next year, which Coca-Cola says will make it easier for bottles to be recycled and remade into new bottles. 

Coca-Cola said the move to incorporate the recycled bottles will cut the company’s use of new plastic by more than 20 percent across North America compared with 2018. 

The company in 2018 announced the “World Without Waste” initiative, which aims to collect and recycle one bottle or can for each one it sells by 2030, make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable by 2025 and to use 50 percent recycled material in bottles and cans by 2030. 


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Published on Feb 09, 2021