Sprite Soda Gives Up Green Bottles to Go Green


Sprite soda has dropped a familiar part of its identity in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, its parent, Coca-Cola says.

If you’re a big fan of Coca-Cola’s Sprite soda, you may have already noticed a change on the soda aisle. Coca-Cola announced recently it would no longer sell the popular lemon-lime drink in its famous green bottles.

That change was set to take effect in August, so the clear bottles may already be on store shelves.

But Sprite soda bottles aren’t the only ones ditching the green color. The company plans to do the same with its Fresca, Seagram’s and Mello Yello packaging, the New York Post reported.

Ironically, the move away from the green is all part of an effort to go green.

It turns out the chemical that turns those clear soda bottles green aren’t all that environmentally friendly. The chemical in question, green polyethylene terephthalate, is a clear, strong, and lightweight plastic. You’ll find it being used widely for packaging foods and beverages. Unfortunately, most recycling centers don’t use plastics that contain the additive for recycling.

So those green Sprite soda bottles — and other green plastic bottles — wind up in the landfill. It’s not easy being green.

The move, Coca-Cola said in a statement, will increase the chance recycling centers will turn those clear bottles into new beverage bottles.

“During the sorting process, green and other colored PET is separated from clear material to avoid discoloring recycled food-grade packaging required to make new PET bottles,” the company said.

Last year, the soda celebrated its 60th anniversary. If I’m in the mood for a lemon-lime-like soda, Sprite is definitely my first choice. I find Mello Yello and Mountain Dew too sweet. Sprite has a little more bite to it and, for whatever reason, that works better for me.

I like the fact that this particular change will work better for the environment!

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