Coca-Cola announced Thursday it would test a new plastic bottle in North America partially made from plants.
The Atlanta-based world's biggest drink maker said it will start using the so-called PlantBottle with its water brand, Dasani, and certain sparkling brands in select North American markets later this year.
The new bottle is made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30% plant-based materials that are by-products of sugar production.
The soft-drink maker also said the bottle has a lower reliance on a non-renewable resource, reducing carbon emissions by up to 25%, compared with other petroleum-based PET plastic bottles.
The Coca-Cola Company is a company with the power to transform the marketplace, said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, U.S.
The new bottle is fully recyclable and can be processed through existing manufacturing and recycling facilities.