Coca-Cola, Leading the Way in Recycling Innovation

A sample Coke bottle made from sea plastic

Coca-Cola is unveiling the first ever sample bottle made using recovered and recycled marine plastics, proving that, one day, even ocean debris could be used in recycled packaging for food or drinks. This sample is the first ever plastic bottle made using marine litter that has been successfully recycled and reused in food and drink packaging.

About 300 sample bottles have been produced using 25% recycled marine plastic (percentage will vary post production between 20% and 25%), retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea and beaches. Breakthrough technology can now transform low-quality plastic into high-quality food-grade packaging.  A small step for now, but the technology behind it has big potential.

The sample bottle is the result of a partnership between Ioniqa Technologies, Indorama Ventures, Mares Circulares (Circular Seas) and The Coca-Cola Company. Although enhanced recycling is still very young, the partners produced the sample marine plastic bottle as a proof of concept for what the technology may achieve in time.

Coca-Cola’s amazing new sample bottle has been designed and developed by bringing together key partnerships like coastal cleanups, technological innovation and industry collaboration.

For the full story including a video, see the press release at Coca-Cola Journey.