Coca-Cola’s Recycled Plastic Resolution

December 14, 2019
Coca-Cola’s Recycled Plastic Resolution

Beginning in 2020, Coca-Cola will make all its plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic in the company’s bottling plant in Jordbro, Sweden.

The move addresses a recent report that it is one of the brands most responsible for global plastic pollution.  Building on Sweden’s efficient deposit and return system, Coca-Cola is committed to collect, recycle, and reuse 100% of its plastic packaging.

Coco-Cola’s transition to recycled plastic will eliminate 3500 tons of virgin plastic and reduce CO2 emission by 25% per year.


Video Spotlight: Brand audits name Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo top plastic polluters for the second year in a row


This post is based on the Forbes article, Coca-Cola Sweden First Market To Adopt Fully Recycled Plastic, by Emanuela Barbiroglio, November 27, 2019, and the YouTube video, Brand audits name Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo top plastic polluters for the second year in a row, by #breakfreefromplastic, October 22, 2019. Image source: Aaron Roeth Photography.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the sustainability concerns that beset Coca-Cola?

Guidance: A recent brand audit conducted by Break Free From Plastic found that Coca-Cola is one of the brands most responsible for plastic pollution, contributing 2.5% of global plastic waste.

2. How does Coca-Cola address the plastic pollution concerns?

Guidance: Coca-Cola Sweden will begin using 100% recycled plastic in all its bottles in 2020, building on Sweden’s efficient deposit and return system to recover, recycle and reuse 100% of its plastic packaging.  The transition will eliminate 3500 tons of virgin plastic and reduce CO2 emission by 25% each year.

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