Coca-Cola replaces recycled cups, Unilever doubles recycled plastics

Global consumer brands such as Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Unilever have made ambitious sustainable packaging commitments. Let’s take a look, what are the recent sustainable packaging developments of these brands?

Pepsi-Cola Europe: Replace all recycled plastic bottles in 2022

Pepsi-Cola Europe, which produces Pepsi-Cola MAX, 7Up Free, Tropicana and other beverages, recently announced that it will replace all its products with 100% recycled plastic packaging by the end of 2022.
Pepsi-Cola Europe will replace all its products with 100% recycled plastic packaging by the end of 2022.

This move responds to the company’s commitment to a plastic circular economy, with Pepsi Cola pledged to reduce its beverage carbon footprint by 40%.

Prior to this, Pepsi-Cola replaced the Naked smoothie beverage and Tropicana Lean packaging with 100 recycled plastic packaging.
Pepsi-Cola Europe also marked recyclable information on the bottle, reminding consumers to recycle plastic bottles after use. At the same time, the packaged recyclable information is also popularized to the public through media channels such as TV and event events.

Coca-Cola Australia: Reduce the use of 40,000 tons of fresh plastic

The Australian Coca-Cola Company announced that by the end of 2021, it will reduce the use of 40,000 tons of virgin plastic (compared to 2017). This goal will be achieved by replacing its frozen beverage cups and lids with recycled plastic.

Russell Mahoney, Director of Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability of Coca-Cola South Pacific, said last year that some adjustments have been made to Australian packaging, including replacing all plastic bottles with a capacity of less than 1 liter with recycled plastic bottles, and removing plastic straws and Agitator.

“We have the responsibility to reduce our environmental footprint through innovation and help solve the problem of plastic waste pollution. The use of frozen beverage cups and lids is the next plan of Coca-Cola’s global goal of reducing plastic waste.” Mahoney said.

According to Coca-Cola’s “Waste-Free World” vision, its global goal is to recycle and utilize all bottles and cans and packaging sold by 2030, and ensure that all of its packaging containers will not enter landfills or the ocean. In this regard, bottler Coca-Cola Amatil plays a key role in coordinating the packaging container storage plan (CDS) across Australia.

Coca-Cola has also set a global goal to use at least 50% recycled materials in packaging by 2030. Currently, Australia’s plastic bottles have reached this goal.

Unilever: The use of recycled plastics will double next year

Unilever recently released the latest progress of its sustainable packaging. The company said it has increased its use of recycled plastics to 75,000 tons, more than 10% of its overall plastic use. Unilever’s goal is to use at least 25% recycled plastic by 2025.

Last year, Unilever stated that the brand will reduce the use of more than 100,000 tons of virgin plastic and actively use recycled plastic by 2025, achieving the goal of halving the use of virgin plastic.

Post time: Dec-25-2020