Coca-Cola Uses How Much Plastic?

Photograph of a full bottle of Coca Cola laying in the grass.

On Thursday, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation published a report on companies who have committed to full transparency about their plastic use and production. These included giants like Coca-Cola, Nestle, Tyson, and Danone.

Consequently, Coca-Cola was required to reveal that it produced 3 million metric tonnes of plastic in 2017 for its packaging. Out of the 31 companies that have shared this information, Coca-Cola produces the most and accounts for nearly 40% of the 8 million tonnes of total plastic produced by all of them combined.

According to The Guardian, this amounts to about 108 billion Coca-Cola bottles per year, which amounts to over 20% of the world’s plastic bottle output, about 500 billion bottles per year.

However, the company has pledged to use 100% recyclable packaging by 2025, claiming that it has already reached over 87% of this goal. By 2030, the company expects all of its packaging to contain at least 50% recycled materials.

Ironically, Snapple has shifted from glass bottles to plastic ones, with the words, “Plastic Bottle!” written across the wrapping, as if Americans would be more excited about it, especially following the climate change demonstrations happening across America.

Seriously, what were they thinking?