Through Imperial Consultants, LCAworks members Dr Richard Murphy, Dr Jeremy Woods and Miss Miao Guo have carried out a full life-cycle analysis of the product as a major part of Coca Cola’s development programme.
The bottle is made by a process that turns sugar cane and molasses, a by-product of sugar production, into a monoethylene glycol, a major component of PET plastic. The packaging is made of up to 30% plant-based material and can be recycled in the existing recycling infrastructure.
Research from LCAworks has shown that the bottle has a significantly reduced carbon footprint compared to petroleum-based PET plastic bottles. Coca-Cola North America have already begun to pilot this bottle in select markets.
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