The PlantBottle was launched by Coca-Cola in May 2009 as a pilot

The PlantBottle was launched by Coca-Cola in May 2009 as a pilot

The Coca-Cola Co has launched its fully recyclable 'PlantBottle' in the UK.

From today (14 September), all Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and Diet Coke in 50cl bottles will be sold in PlantBottle packaging. The bottle is made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30% plant-based materials, which have been produced from sugar can and molasses.

The soft drinks giant officially launched the bottle in April, across its Dasani and Odwalla beverages in the US.

Around 200m PlantBottle packages are expected to hit UK shelves this year as part of the launch. Globally, the packaging will be available in around 20 countries by the end of the year.

Coca-Cola said its aim is to produce all of its plastic bottles from a combination of plant-based materials and recycled PET plastic by 2020.