Dasani, Odwalla Move To Plant-Based Bottles

Coca-Cola Co. will begin bottling its Dasani water and Odwalla juice in containers that use plant-based materials, the company said Monday.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Coca-Cola Co. will begin bottling its Dasani water and Odwalla juice in containers that use plant-based materials, the company said Monday.

Beverage companies are trying to cut their carbon footprint and reduce dependency on fossil fuels traditionally used to make traditional packaging. Coca-Cola Co. launched its plant bottle packaging, such as the one now being used in the Dasani line, in 2009. Rival PepsiCo Inc. announced in March that found a way to create a PET plastic made entirely of plant materials, which it will take to market in 2012 on a test basis.

Dasani bottles will now use PET plastic made up of 30 percent plant-based materials, which is used in many other Coke products. The Odwalla packages will use high-density polyethylene plastic made from up to 100 percent plant-based materials.

"It's our goal to make traditional plastic bottles a thing of the past and ensure that every beverage we produce is available in 100 percent plant-based, fully recyclable packaging," Scott Vitters, general manager of the plant bottle packaging platform for the company said.

The single-serve bottles for both brands will now be sold in packages produced using plant-based materials that are fully recyclable.

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