Sprite announced to give up the green bottle! It used to be "the world's largest plastic polluting company"...

  • 2022-09-29

Use clear bottles to reduce plastic waste

Coca-Cola said current bottles contain green polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which cannot be recycled, and removing the color from the bottles could improve the quality of the recycled material.

 "Clear PET Sprite bottles can be recycled back into bottles, helping to drive plastic recycling," Julian Ochoa, chief executive of R3CYCLE, the plastics group that helps Coca-Cola improve recycling, said in a statement.

The logo and packaging design on the Sprite bottle will also be revamped, but its familiar green hue is still used on the Sprite label, the company said. It is reported that other Coca-Cola beverages using green bottles will also be replaced with transparent packaging in the next few months.

Was rated as "the world's largest plastic polluting company"

The beverage giant is often criticized for creating environmentally damaging plastic waste. In 2020, The Coca-Cola Company was named the world's largest plastic polluter by environmental protection company Break Free From plastic. Its logo and branding are often found in discarded plastics in parks and beaches.

Is it more environmentally friendly to change the bottle to a transparent color? Environmental groups say the problem with the Sprite bottle is not the color, but the material: single-use plastic.

Coca-Cola, which produces more than 100 billion plastic bottles a year, is one of the world's largest producers of single-use plastic waste, according to data provided to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2019.
PET is lightweight, food-safe, and recyclable, but like other plastics, PET takes hundreds of years to break down.

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