jeudi 14 mai 2009

Bottles news of the week: Recyclable and renewable

The "PlantBottle™»: Innovative bottle made from renewable, recyclable, plant based plastic

The Coca-Cola Company unveiled today a new plastic bottle made partially from plants. The "PlantBottle™" is fully recyclable, has a lower reliance on a non-renewable resource, and reduces carbon emissions, compared with petroleum-based PET plastic bottles.

Traditional PET bottles are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. The new bottle is made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30 percent plant-based materials.

The "PlantBottle™" is currently made through an innovative process that turns sugar cane and molasses, a by-product of sugar production, into a key component for PET plastic. Coca-Cola is also exploring the use of other plant materials for future generations of the "PlantBottle™."

Manufacturing the new plastic bottle is more environmentally efficient as well. A life-cycle analysis conducted by Imperial College London indicates the "PlantBottle™" with 30 percent plant-base material reduces carbon emissions by up to 25 percent, compared with petroleum-based PET.

Another advantage to the "PlantBottle™" is that, unlike other plant-based plastics, it can be processed through existing manufacturing and recycling facilities without contaminating traditional PET. So, the material in the "PlantBottle™" can be used, recycled and reused again and again.

Green Label bottles: 36% lighter, 100% recyclable and create 29% fewer greenhouse gas emissions

One of the premium wine brands of Australian-based drinks manufacturer and exporter Fosters Group is now available in a 750ml PET bottle that the company says has significant environmental advantages.

The company said the PET bottles, when empty, were about one-tenth the weight of a comparable standard glass bottle.

Fosters claims the new bottles are shatterproof and have been subjected to a “full life-cycle analysis” by Melbourne-based environmental consultant Net Balance Management Group.

The consultancy analysed potential greenhouse gas emissions from all stages of the winemaking process, from grape growing to bottling, transport, and recycling and disposal of the bottles and cardboard stock cartons.

Fosters said the results show the Green Label bottles are 36 percent lighter, 100 percent recyclable and create 29% fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

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