Processing Magazine

Coca-Cola signs agreement to develop recyclable plant-based bottles

December 20, 2011

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gevo Inc., a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, has signed an agreement with The Coca-Cola Company to create renewable para-xylene from plant based isobutanol, according to a press release.

The agreement will accelerate the development of Coca-Cola’s second-generation PlantBottle™ packaging made from 100 percent plant-based materials.

Gevo will work with Coca-Cola to enable and deliver an integrated system to produce renewable para-xylene, a key building block towards reaching Coca-Cola’s goal of creating all of their packaging from renewable materials.

“While the technology to make biobased materials in a lab has been available for many years, we believe Gevo possess technologies that have high potential to create it on a global commercial level within the next few years,” said Rick Frazier, vice president commercial product supply, The Coca-Cola Company. “This is a significant R&D investment in packaging innovation and is the next step toward our vision of creating all of our PET plastic packaging from responsibly sourced plant materials.”