Sprite shifting from green to clear bottles to boost recycling

Read the full story at Food Dive.

Coca-Cola is switching Sprite bottles from green to clear PET plastic in North America, which the company said will increase their likelihood of being recycled into new beverage bottles. The transition will begin in August. Other brands packaged in green plastic bottles — including Fresca, Mello Yello and Seagram’s ginger ale — will shift to clear plastic in the coming months.

The company is also transitioning a majority of Dasani water bottles in North America to 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic. Coca-Cola said the shift would save over 20 million pounds of virgin plastic compared to 2019, and cut more than 25,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2023.

As Coca-Cola and other beverage makers work to create a circular plastic packaging economy, in which all materials are reused or composted, they are seeking ways to boost availability of food-grade rPET.

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