More than 60 years have passed since Sprite was famously introduced to the world, with its green bottles becoming synonymous with the thirst-quenching drink. And while many will look back fondly to hot summer days drinking Sprite from the classic green bottles, things are about to change — and people are divided.
While many are applauding the move, which will improve the bottle’s recyclability, others note that it just isn’t the same as drinking Sprite from a color-free bottle.
“I want the green bottle! who cares but Sprite is my drink. I am just going to be in the store looking for the green bottle thinking this clear bottle is not the original. #sprite it looks like a sprite remix,” one Twitter user commented.
“Sprite is getting rid of their green bottles, and making them clear. First, Choco Tacos getting the boot- now the classic green Sprite bottle. 2022 is ridiculous,” another added.
“I understand the reason but it still feels like a tiny part of my childhood taken away now that $KO does away with the green color of the #sprite bottles,” a nostalgic Twitter user added.
“Today is a very sad day, I learned that Sprite will no longer be sold in green bottles as of August 6th. Green bottle Sprite was the best Sprite, and the best lemon/lime soda. Sad to see it go,” noted another Twitter user.
Coca-Cola made the big announcement Wednesday, saying the green bottles contain colored polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is a recyclable material that is “more often converted into single-use items like clothing and carpeting that cannot be recycled into new PET bottles. “
“Taking colors out of bottles improves the quality of the recycled material,” said Julian Ochoa, CEO, R3CYCLE, which is working with Coca-Cola to enable bottle-to-bottle recycling.
“This transition will help increase availability of food-grade rPET. When recycled, clear PET Sprite bottles can be remade into bottles, helping drive a circular economy for plastic,” he added.
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