With the plans to draw the technology that can transform low-quality plastic into high-quality food-grade packaging, Coca-cola has unveiled the first ever sample bottle made using recovered and recycled marine plastics.
The company has already made 300 prototype bottles from ocean plastic. These bottles consist of 25% recycled marine plastics. Plastic waste retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea and beaches was put through ‘enhanced recycling’ to convert it into high-quality plastic.
The process being used is called depolymerization. This innovative technology removes impurities from lower-grade plastic, so that it can once again be used for food and drink packaging.
Coca-Cola Western Europe’s president Tim Brett said, “Too many of the world’s finite resources are currently discarded as waste. We know we need to do more to correct this. The targets we have set out today are ambitious and rightly so. There is a valuable role for packaging, but it must always be collected, recycled and reused.
Our aim, working in partnership, is to see the term “single-use plastic” become redundant, both in our business and beyond, as all of our plastic – and indeed all of our packaging – is delivered within a closed loop.”
Coca-Cola is planning to launch these bottles containing recycled marine plastics from 2020.