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Coca-Cola, Ford, Heinz, NIKE and Procter & Gamble form PTC
Jun 19, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Copyright (C) 2012 Datamonitor. All rights reserved

The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, HJ Heinz Company, NIKE, Inc. and Procter & Gamble have announced the formation of the Plant PET Technology Collaborative, or PTC, a strategic working group focused on accelerating the development and use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fiber in their products.

PET, also known as polyethylene terephthalate, is a durable, lightweight plastic that is used by all member companies in a variety of products and materials including plastic bottles, apparel, footwear and automotive fabric and carpet.

The collaborative builds upon the success of The Coca-Cola Company's PlantBottle packaging technology, which is partially made from plants and has demonstrated a lower environmental impact when compared to traditional PET plastic bottles. Currently, Heinz licenses the technology from Coca-Cola for select Heinz ketchup bottles in the US and Canada.

This new collaborative was formed to support new technologies in an effort to evolve today's material that is partially made from plants to a solution made entirely from plants. By leveraging the R&D efforts of the founding companies, the PTC is taking the lead to affect positive change across multiple industries. PTC members are committed to researching and developing commercial solutions for PET plastic made entirely from plants and will aim to drive the development of common methodologies and standards for the use of plant-based plastic including life cycle analyses and universal terminology.

These companies are making a commitment to support research, expand knowledge and accelerate technology development to enable commercially viable, more sustainably sourced, 100% plant-based PET plastic while reducing the use of fossil fuels.


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