Biobased Materials

Building a better PlantBottle

Posted: December 22, 2011 by
Linda Casey

The Coca-Cola Company’s partners with Gevo Inc. to commercialize the manufacture of renewable para-xylene from plant based isobutanol. The para-xylene will be used to accelerate the development of Coca-Cola’s second-generation PlantBottle, which will be made from 100% plant-based materials. (The current version of PlantBottle is made form up to 30% plant-based plastic.)

Isobutanol is a four-carbon fermentation alcohol that can be converted into para-xylene using known chemical processes. Para-xylene is a key raw material in PET production. Gevo had supplied Toray with lab-scale quantities of renewable para-xylene, which Toray as successfully converted into PET films and fibers.

The Gevo/Coke partnership will work towards this technology from lab-scale to commercial scale. “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.”

Learn more about The Coca-Cola Company’s PlantBottle project by listening to our sustainable packaging webinar that aired Tuesday, December 13. The Coca-Cola Company’s GM of the PlantBottle Packaging Platform Scott A. Vitters’ discussion of the PlantBottle Platform starts at 13:30. Use the slider bar in the left hand column to fast forward to the presentation.