Coca-Cola Sweden has announced that it will make all its plastic bottles from 100% recycled material, becoming the first country worldwide to do so. The transition will begin in the first quarter of 2020 and includes all plastic (PET) packaging made at Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Jordbro, Sweden.
By switching to 100% recycled material in its bottles, Coca-Cola will eliminate the use of 3,500 tons of virgin plastic each year in Sweden. This will also result in an annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 25% over pre-transition levels, when the portfolio comprised approximately 40% recovered PET.
The move to 100% recycled plastics for PET bottles includes the brands Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, as well as Bonaqua, comprising 40 different variants.
“Plastic is an effective and valuable packaging material and we need to treat it as such, ensuring that nothing goes to waste,” said Sofie Eliasson Morsink, general manager for Coca-Cola European Partners Sverige. “Coca-Cola Sweden wants to lead the development of a circular economy where all packages are collected so that they can be used again. We are taking a big step as we become the first market in the world to move to 100% recycled plastic for the full PET portfolio that we bottle locally here in Jordbro.”
Coca-Cola has set out global goals to work towards a world without packaging waste, which include the goal to recover a bottle or can for everyone that they sell by 2030, and local markets are encouraged to go further and faster wherever they can.
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