Bonaqua, Coca-Cola company.
Source Bonaqua, Coca-Cola company.
  • Bonaqua still water bottles will soon hit the shelves with a fresh green twist made from 100% recycled plastic.    
  • Each new 500ml rPET bottle is now made with the equivalent of one-and-a-half old Bonaqua plastic bottles and the company says they’re able to do it at the same cost. 
  • The plastic is all sourced from South Africa and produced by one of the largest and most advanced recyclers of PET bottles on the African continent. 
  • Globally Coca-Cola produces 3 million tonnes of plastic packaging a year – equivalent to 200,000 bottles a minute.
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Coca-Cola's Bonaqua still water bottles will soon hit the shelves with a fresh green twist.  And, it’s not a new flavour of water, but rather a green 100% recycled water bottle - made from your locally discarded plastic.   

The equivalent of one-and-a-half old Bonaqua plastic bottles goes into making the new 500ml rPET bottles. The company says they’re able to do it at the same cost, which means no change in price for the consumer.

“The Bonaqua 500ml PET 100% rPET bottle is priced in line with our previous 500ml PET bottle. There is no price increase that is attached to this innovation. We are sourcing the highest quality recycled material to demonstrate what can be done and to grow our use of recycled material to stimulate further collection of bottles,” said a spokesperson from their research team. 

The plastic is all sourced from South Africa and produced by one of the largest and most advanced recyclers of PET bottles on the African continent – Extrupet. The company recycles over 2.5 million bottles a day. 

According to Coca-Cola, the new plastic resin is good enough to meet their stringent food safety standards, so much so that it doesn’t compromise the quality of Bonaqua’s water and matches the same quality standards of a normal virgin PET bottle. 

“It may look the same as any other beverage packaging, however, no new plastic has been used in the creation of the bottle,” said Luis Avellar, the General Manager SA Franchise, Coca-Cola Company. 

The bottles form part of Coca-Cola’s goal to supplement their current PET bottle range with an average of 50% recycled content, by 2030.   

And it couldn’t have come at a better time. Earlier this year Coca-Cola revealed it produces 3 million tonnes of plastic packaging a year – equivalent to 200,000 bottles a minute. This makes it one of the largest producers of bottle plastic packaging in the world, reported The Guardian.  

“The world has a packaging problem, and, like all companies, we have a responsibility to help solve it,” said Avellar.

The bottles will be available in stores from December. 


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