CocaCola-YRD–CEIT: Sustainable Bio-Plastics

Bio-plastics suitable from agricultural residues.

The Coca-Cola Company partners with the Yangtze River Delta Circular Economy Institute of Technologyto identify and advance commercial technologies for converting local agricultural residues or wastes (e.g., corn cob and stover) into the base ingredient, mono-ethylene glycol (MEG), for manufacturing polyester resin/fiber. The Coca-Cola Company is developing bio-MEG conversion technology with a technology and implementation partner, and finalizing the technical conversion process for commercial production. Yangtze River Delta Circular Economy Institute of Technology is exploring the related supply chain and feedstock logistics. Any advancement using agricultural wastes today are likely to have continued relevance to this second part of the journey toward realizing sustainably sourced and fully recyclable PET plastic product solutions.

Work Plan: 
Task 1
Add technology development partner, ChangChun Meihe Science and Technology Development Company to this Eco-partnership to strengthen their research capability.
Task 2
Look for government financial support to help the development and construction of the demo plant.
Task 3
Expect support in developing a sustainable availability and supply of the feedstock for bio MEG production.