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We cannot believe what we are seeing. While we fully support Sprite’s reasoning for doing so, we have to admit that this is the end of an era.

We have never known a world without Sprite’s green bottles but now we have to get used to it. According to a press release from the Coca-Cola company, Sprite is now going to be packaged inside of a clear plastic bottle instead.

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The green bottles we knew and loved were able to be recycled but there was just one problem. These bottles were designed for one-time only usage. The material was usually used for carpeting and clothing. Now, these new bottles will be able to be made into more bottles, without any of the usual hassles. This is a major win for environmental stability.

“Sprite’s move to clear will help us introduce more 100% rPET bottles like DASANI is launching and keep more bottles in the circular economy,” says senior vice president of Technical Innovation and Stewardship for Coca-Cola North America Chris Vallette.

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Starting on August 1, the green bottles are going to be phased out entirely. We are not ready for this but again, we understand why it is happening.

It is always nice to see companies of this stature taking key steps towards helping to sustain the environment. Stories like these are only going to become more and more commonplace as companies look to do what is best in the years to come.

According to CNN, Coca-Cola plans on phasing out all other green bottles at this time as well. We will be doing double takes at the supermarket for sure. After all, Sprite bottles have been green for as long as we can remember now.

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These are changes that we still have to get used to! On the other hand, it will feel good to know that we can recycle our plastic bottles more easily now and enjoy our favorite sodas without any of the usual guilt.

We hope that more soda companies end up seeing these changes and start following suit. It would be nice to live in a world where we do not have to worry as much about environmental sustainability.

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