Sprite’s signature bottles won’t be GREEN anymore!!
After more than 60 years, Sprite is ditching its signature green bottle, replacing it with a more environmentally friendly clear bottle. Starting August 1, Coca-Cola said it would ditch sprite’s green bottle. The company said that it is easier to reuse clear plastic than green plastic for new bottles.
Sprite’s green plastic is recyclable, but green plastic is more often converted into single-use items like carpets and clothing.
The lemon-lime drink and its packaging have been green ever since Sprite launched in the U.S. in 1961. The drink has been one of Coke’s bestselling products, according to the company.
Environmental organizations say the problem with Sprite bottles is not the color, but the material: single-use plastic.
“Coca-Cola’s recent announcement is yet another blatant greenwashing attempt from one of the world’s worst plastic polluters,” said Kate Melges, who leads the Plastics Project at Greenpeace. “We are in the midst of a massive plastic pollution crisis and we cannot recycle our way out of it.”
Coca-Cola produces more than 100 billion plastic bottles every year, according to data it provided in 2019 to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, making it one of the world’s largest producers of single-use plastic waste.
Soft drink bottles are usually made of a type of plastic called polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. PET is lightweight, food-safe and recyclable — but like other plastics, PET can take hundreds of years to decompose.