Drinks giant cuts plastic wasteCoca-Cola produces new lightweight bottle

27 June 2007

Coca-Cola is launching a new lightweight bottle to reduce the amount of waste plastic.

The soft drinks giant's new 24g bottles will be used for Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Fanta, Sprite and Lilt.

Following a successful trial, they will be rolled out to stores across Britain.

The new plastic bottles each weigh 2g less than the previous models.

Step forward

More than 350 million of the new 500ml bottles will be produced annually in the UK saving around 700 tonnes of plastic per year.

Coca-Cola project manager Christine Watson said: 'It is a significant technical challenge for the industry to reduce weights even further and the reduction in the weight of our 500ml PET bottles from 26 to 24 grams is a major step forward.'

The new packaging was trialled with money given by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap) which receives Government funding.

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