Ho Chi Minh City, September 27th, 2019 - Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Ltd. (Coca-Cola Vietnam) announces that the company is going to remove the plastic seal on Dasani water bottles (350ml, 500ml and 1500ml) from 09/2019 to 11/2019, aiming to reduce the amount of plastic waste from its packaging.
Since debut to Vietnamese market, all Dasani bottles have used recycled PET material. Besides using the recycled and renewable materials, Coca-Cola is now tackling waste challenge by removing the PET seal from Dasani water bottles. This decision demonstrates Coca-Cola’s commitments to its long-range strategy of responsibly managing plastic waste. The move also supports The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste global strategy as a part of that ambitious initiative, which aspires to make 100% of its packaging fully recyclable by 2025 and to make its bottles and cans with an average of 50% recycled material by 2030.
“Sustainable development is a part of our commitments, and over the years, Coca-Cola has always been a pioneer of addressing many environmental challenges. By removing the plastic seal on Dasani water bottles, we are focused on reducing plastic waste with practical solutions. We believe this decision does not only support our World Without Waste strategy but also bring enormous benefits to the community as a whole”, said Mr. Hiroshi Kanazawa, General Manager, Coca-Cola Indochina.
The action will absolutely not affect the product quality of Dasani water bottles. The reliable design of Dasani water bottles with a bottle cap firmly attached to a neck ring ensures the quality and safety of the product. In addition, Dasani always follows Coca-Cola’s stringent product and ingredient standards in general as well as is in full compliance with bottled water quality standards in particular.
This action will not affect the way consumers identify whether the bottle has been used or not either. Consumers are able to know this by checking the bottle cap. Checking the cap is becoming easier with clear and detailed information on the label.
In Vietnam, Coca-Cola has ininiated many robust country-level programs on reducing plastic waste across three pillars of Design, Collect and Partner, such as the Zero Waste to Nature initiative, the Fostering Creativity For Recycling Awareness project, the Plastic Action Network, the Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam coalition, the educational programs EKOCENTERs on plastic waste management, and using rPET bottles to reduce the carbon footprint in the production. Especially, in 2019, Coca-Cola and other consumer goods and packaging companies aligned to form a new recycling initiative called Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam – PRO Vietnam. Undertaking this initiative, Coca-Cola is making great effort to ensure that product safety and availability are balanced with sustainable packaging collection and recycling, and to make Vietnam clean, green and beautiful.
About Coca-Cola Vietnam
Coca-Cola is one of the best-known international brands in Vietnam. Coca-Cola Vietnam's factories in Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and Hanoi create some 4,000 direct jobs while supporting a further number of indirect jobs, which is six- to eight-time higher, through the company’s value chain. Aiming to become a total, consumer-centric beverages company, Coca-Cola has continuously invested in product innovation and provided a diversity of quality beverages products, including less-sugar and zero-sugar product lines, while diversifying packaging and expanding business coverage. The Company's portfolio in Vietnam includes Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light, Coke Zero, Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid Nutriboost, Minute Maid Teppy, Schweppes, Dasani and Aquarius. Since 2017, to meet the fast changing in tastes and demands of consumers, Coca-Cola Vietnam has proactively diversified its high quality portfolio with the promotion of packaged juice and tea products like Fuzetea+, Georgia canned RTD coffee and Coca-Cola Energy. Coca-Cola Vietnam has considered sustainable development as the core of its business activities which include organizing safe and healthy working environment, setting priority to training employees. Several sustainable development projects were also expressed by detailed goals of energy saving, effective water use and water balance. Coca-Cola continues building sustainable communities in locations where the company operates. From 2010, Coca-Cola has invested millions of USD in community projects in Vietnam, including projects building EKOCENTER, providing clean water, empowering women and local SMEs, supporting families in hardship, and sending disaster relief. For more information, visit our digital magazine Coca-Cola Journey Vietnam at https://www.cocacolavietnam.com/.
For further information, please contact:
Vu Thanh Truc (Ms.)
PR and Sustainability Manager