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H.J. Heinz


is swapping its traditional plastic ketchup bottles for


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PlantBottle packaging, the companies said on Thursday.

Recyclable PlantBottles use plant-based materials for up to 30% of their packaging, Coca-Cola said in a statement. Currently, the company uses sugarcane ethanol from Brazil.

"PlantBottle is revolutionizing plastic, and our partnership with Heinz is paving the way for industry-wide collaboration," said Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent.

Heinz, which aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste, water consumption and energy usage by at least 20% by 2015, said it will start selling all of its 20-ounce ketchups in PlantBottles in June.

Coke, Sprite, Fresca and Dasani drinks, among other Coca-Cola brands, have been using PlantBottles since 2009.


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