Beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola announced in a press release on August 13, 2019, that its flagship bottled water brand DASANI will soon be sold in the U.S. in an aluminum can and bottle, as well as in a bottle with increased recycled PET (rPET) and plant-based resin. “Updates to DASANI’s packaging line-up are designed to reduce plastic waste and increase the use of recycled and renewable materials in the United States, while ensuring that all DASANI bottles continue to be fully recyclable,” the company wrote. The bottles will also newly contain a How2Recycle label. The packaging changes are set to come into effect in phases through mid-2020.

On June 27, 2019, beverage market competitor PepsiCo also announced its plans to introduce aluminum cans for its Aquafina branded water, to package its LIFEWTR brand in 100% rPET, and to remove plastic packaging from its bubly brand. The changes will come into effect in 2020 and “are expected to eliminate more than 8,000 metric tons of virgin plastic and approximately 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.” Both PepsiCo and CocaCola recently announced their departure as members of the Plastics Industry Association (FPF reported).

Read more

Coca-Cola (August 13, 2019). “DASANI® Takes Steps to Reduce Plastic Waste Through Increased Use of Recycled Materials, Expanded Package Innovation.”

PepsiCo, Inc. (June 27, 2019). “PepsiCo Advances Circular Economy for Plastics; Announces LIFEWTR® Packaging with 100% Recycled Plastic and Elimination of Plastic Bottles for bubly™.”

Cathy Siegner (August 14, 2019). “Dasani’s packaging gets a sustainability upgrade.” Food Dive

Jordan Davidson (August 14, 2019). “Dasani Water Will Soon Be Sold in Aluminum Cans.” Eco Watch

Greener Package (August 15, 2019). “Dasani uncaps a record number of more-sustainable packaging options.” Greener Package