Sprite Says Goodbye to the Iconic Green Bottles!

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Sprite’s recognizable green bottle won’t be on the shelves much longer.

Sprite Bottles

Sprite is going clear to go green. 🌎

As part of an environmental initiative, Coca-Cola announced that its Sprite soft drink will no longer be in green bottles. It turns out that Sprite’s current bottle contains green polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is not recyclable. 😬

Switching to clear PET allows the company to recycle the plastic portion of its bottles. Expect Coca-Cola’s other products like Seagram’s and Fresca to see similar packaging changes in the future.

What effect will the new packaging have on the planet?

New Sprite Bottle 2022 Clear Plastic

Break Free From Plastic is an organization that wants to lower plastic pollution. Recently, they have been putting pressure on corporations, like Coca-Cola, to reduce waste.

They have even named Coca-Cola the World’s Largest Corporate Plastic Polluter for the past four years in a row. And for good reason too! In 2019, the company admitted to creating 200,000 disposable plastic bottles per minute! 🤯

soda products in front of red cart

To reduce environmental harm, Coca-Cola launched a “World Without Waste” initiative. The company vows that by 2030 it will recycle one bottle for every bottle it sells.

Coca-Cola also promises to make 100% of its packaging recyclable. Plus, make 25% of its beverages in returnable or refillable bottles.

Dasani Water 20oz

The new packaging might allow Coca-Cola to make good on its promises. The initiative is already underway. The majority of its Dasani water is already sold in recyclable plastic. The company estimates it will reduce plastic waste by 20 million pounds compared to 2019.

Did the Sprite branding change?

You may have noticed that the company also gave the branding a slight makeover. The simplified design will be more recognizable to fans worldwide. So, if you tend to scout the shelves for green plastic, just look for the green label instead.

What do you think of Coca-Cola’s environmental initiatives? 

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Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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Comments 2

  1. Emily

    The returnable/reuseable bottle news is actually more exciting than doing away with the green bottles. It’s always best to reduce or reuse before recycling (of course recycling is better than tossing)

  2. Lora

    Maybe they should bring back glass bottles. Plastic pollution is hurting wildlife. There are too many disposable, single use products out there.

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