Life Cycle of a Coke Bottle
The production of Coke is broken down into three main components; plastics, paper, and coke itself. The plastics come from recycling centers or directly from a plastic manufacturer. The same is true for the paper needed for the production process. Paper can be transported to a Coke factory from a paper recycling center, or a paper mill. The ingredients are also imported from various sources.
The production of Coke requires a several step process using raw materials, machinery, and energy. During the first step plastic is molded into the shape of the bottle. The process requires raw plastics, the machinery needed for molding, and energy used to power the machinery. Next, paper is processed with the labeling information and then placed onto the coke bottles. This will require machinery to create the label and adhesive to apply the paper to the coke bottle. Following this, Coke will have to be made to fill the bottles. This process will require all the ingredients found in Coke, machinery required to mix the ingredients, and a machine to pressurize the Coke to create carbonation. The Coke is then filled into the individual bottles and sent to the end of the production line. The Coke is packaged using more machinery, plastics for grouping the individual bottles together and stacking the bottles atop one another. Finally, the product is ready to be shipped to distributors.
Man-power is used to prepare Coke products for shipping. After being loaded into protective plastic palettes, the products are lifted into trucks using palette jacks. During shipping across the country from each respective factory, diesel is used to power the trucks in question. Man-power is used again for the unloading process during distribution. Individual distributors chill the drink, and sell it to the consumer.
After purchased from an individual retailer, the coke is either drank on the spot, or transported to the home of the consumer. Once consumed, the empty bottle can be recycled. Plastic bottles are shipped to a recycling center via truck; diesel is used at the stage of the process. Once they have arrived, the bottles are put into a shredder and chopped into small plastic pieces. These pieces are then sorted by density, then cleaned and disinfected. Next, all pieces useable pieces are melted and are formed into blocks and are sent to companies to be reused. This process will send the plastic back to the Coke factory where this resource will be reused in the production process.