In 2009 Coca-Cola launched its PlantBottleTM, thus adding popularity to plastic bottles made from renewable raw materials – and indeed doing so in style. Until then such packaging had been no more than a niche product in the relatively manageable bioplastics sector. The plastic material which was used for bottles was primarily polylactic acid (PLA), a raw material which is obtained from maize. However, as there were no readily accessible recycling systems, this material never achieved a breakthrough on the market.
From 30% to 100%. The situation is different for the Coca-Cola PET bottle which is currently made 30 per cent from sugarcane and is fully recyclable. Moreover, Coca-Cola now has a new PlantBottleTM generation, made entirely from renewable raw materials. It was presented by Coca-Cola at Expo 2015 in Milan where it also announced an imminent market launch. In the long term, says a company spokesman, the bio-based materials of this so-called first generation are to be obtained from biomass, such as woodchips.