Sprite’s iconic green bottles will switch to clear plastic in a bid to make them easier to recycle into new bottles.
After 60 years of green bottles, Coca-Cola Australia announced the change that will affect all pack sizes of Spite Classic bottles in PET plastic packaging and is expected to be complete by August 2023 as retailers sell through existing stock.
Kate Miller, Marketing Director at Coca-Cola Australia, at Coca-Cola Australia they want their bottles to have more than one life.
“All our Sprite bottles under 1 litre are already made from 100 per cent recycled PET plastic (excluding caps and labels). This initiative helps to support recycling systems and gives our bottles the best chance of being recycled and processed into new bottles locally.
“While Australians have known and loved Sprite in its iconic green bottle for nearly 60 years, we know this is the right thing to do, as we support the transition to circularity for our packaging.”
Rebecca Gilling, CEO of Planet Ark, Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisation, said it is a significant move by Coca-Cola Australia.
“It’s critical that companies like Coca-Cola continue to invest in making sure their products have the best chance of being recycled. If bottles are collected and recycled and then turned into new bottles locally – this ultimately means less demand for new plastic, as well as reduced carbon emissions.”