Coke’s sustainable bottle material gets applied to another product for the first time ever.
An innovative eco-sensitive car interior debuts from a partnership you might not expect, a soft drink maker and a car company. For the first time, Coca-Cola has applied their PlantBottle Technology™ to a product beyond packaging. The interior of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid research vehicle contains components made from the renewable material. PlantBottle Technology was introduced by Coca-Cola in 2009 which is made from recyclable PET (polyethylene terephthalate), plastic combined with plant material. Fusion Energi interior fabric surfaces including seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts and headliners are all made of Plantbottle.
The potential energy savings and environmental benefits if the material was rolled out across Ford’s current vehicle line are impressive. Ford projects it would displace nearly 4 million pounds of petroleum-derived materials, as well as save the equivalent of 295,000 gallons of gasoline and 6,000 barrels of oil.
The project is the result of a meeting between research teams at both Ford and Coca-Cola about creating more sustainable products. Scott Vitters, general manager, PlantBottle packaging platform, The Coca-Cola Company hints that this type of unique partnership is just the beginning:
This collaboration with Ford demonstrates that PlantBottle Technology can be applied anywhere PET plastic is traditionally used, but with a lighter footprint on the planet. We are pleased to share this technology with Ford, and look forward to continuing to expand the application of PlantBottle Technology.