The American arm of the global beverage company said the Sprite bottles will be clear. Photo / 123RF
Coca-Cola has announced a major change to one of its most popular products in a bid to help benefit the environment.
Sprite has had its famous green packaging for 60 years, but now the US arm of the global drinks company has said the bottles will be transparent.
Current bottles feature green polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is remade into single-use items such as clothing. But because of its color, it cannot be recycled into new bottles.
Currently, colored PET is separated from the clear material to prevent discoloration of the recycled food-grade packaging needed to make new PET bottles.
As of August 1st, color will be removed from Sprite bottles. However, it is unclear if – or when – such a shift will reach our shores.
“Taking the colors out of the bottles improves the quality of the recycled material,” said R3CYCLE CEO Julian Ochoa. His company is working with Coca-Cola Consolidated to make change happen.
“This transition will help increase the availability of recycled food-grade PET (rPET). When recycled, Sprite’s clear PET bottles can be turned into bottles, helping to drive a circular economy for plastic.”
The company will also take the opportunity to revamp the Sprite logo with graphics to maintain the brand’s green tone and include prominent “Recycle Me” messages.
This comes after the British arm of the global drinks company announced it has started releasing new versions of its plastic bottles in an attempt to keep caps out of the landfill.
Although caps are typically made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) – both of which are in high demand for recycling – many consumers still remove the cap when recycling.
The new “attached lid” design should make it easy to recycle the whole package at once, avoiding the common recycling mistake.
Plastic bottles of Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite and Dr Pepper will have the new caps in early 2024, the company said.
However, the transition currently only applies to UK bottles, according to CNN Business.
“This is a small change that we hope will have a big impact, ensuring that when consumers recycle our bottles, no caps are left behind,” said Jon Woods, general manager of Coca-Cola Great Britain, in a statement.
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