Canadian Packaging

Drinkmaker plants for greener future

Odwalla, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, is planning to raise its environmentally-friendly credentials to the next level in early spring by switching all of its single-serve drinks to the 100-percent plant-based PlantBottle containers launched by its parent company to widespread acclaim last year.


December 30, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Having firmly established itself as one of North America’s leading producers of natural health beverages, California-based Odwalla, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, is planning to raise its environmentally-friendly credentials to the next level in early spring by switching all of its single-serve drinks to the 100-percent plant-based PlantBottle containers launched by its parent company to widespread acclaim last year.

According to the 30-year-old drinkmaker, switching over its flagship Odwalla brand of fruit and vegetable drinks and smoothies to the fully-recyclable HDPE (high-density polyethylene) PlantBottles—comprised primarily of renewable materials derived from molasses and sugarcane juice—will enable it to reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions by an equivalent of 400,000 gallons of gas annually, compared to the traditional petroleum-based HDPE and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, without negative impact on product shelf-life, weight, composition or appearance.

“Plants do such a good job of making our juice that we hired them to help make our bottles,” says Odwalla president Alison Lewis. “Doing good things for the community and building a business with heart are core guiding principles of Odwalla’s vision, and PlantBottle packaging is just the latest step in our continued commitment to the environment.”