31 May 2011 11:38 [Source: ICIS news]
Correction: In the ICIS story headlined "Coca-Cola predicts 100% bio-based PET bottle by 2020" dated 31 May 2011, please read in the third paragraph ...saves the production of around 40m virgin PET bottles/year... instead of ...saves about 40m tonnes/year of PET usage.... A corrected story follows.
KRAKOW, Poland (ICIS)--US soft-drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola is predicting a 100% bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle will be possible by 2020.
“In the next decade, scientific breakthrough for 100% [bio-based PET bottles] will bring us nearer and nearer,” Cees Van Dongen, director of sustainable packaging, Coca-Cola, said, addressing the 12th CEE PET and Balkans Markets conference in Krakow, Poland.
Coca-Cola manufactures a recyclable PET bottle made from 30% biological plant-based material, which it estimates saves the production of around 40m virgin PET bottles/year.
Nevertheless, Coca-Cola expects a shift away from sugar cane and cord, which it currently uses, to biological feedstocks such as bio-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) and bio-based terephthalic acid (PTA).
“We’re aiming for 100% [bio-based PET] by 2020, not by sugar cane or cord, but a bio-based bottle,” Van Dongen said.
Bio-based plastics account for 0.1–0.2% of total EU plastics consumption, according to the EU Commission, but demand growth is strong, estimated at up to 20% a year.
On the growth in bio-based bottles, Van Dongen said it is part of Coca-Cola’s position to “show leadership in this arena”.
It is thought bio-based bottles will offset the impact packaging has on carbon-dioxide emissions.
“Packaging is the most significant contributor of carbon dioxide in any product,” Van Dongen said.
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