• Kyodo News


Kirin Beverage Co. has developed the lightest 2-liter plastic bottle to be produced in Japan in a joint project with Kirin Brewery Co. to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emissions in the manufacturing process, according to Kirin Beverage.

The major drink maker said it has succeeded in reducing the weight of the new product to 35 grams, making it 7 grams lighter than the bottle currently in use but just as strong. The company amended the shape of the bottle to make it easier for consumers to use.

Kirin said it will start using the bottle in late October for one of its mineral water brands.

The move comes at a time when companies in the beverage industry are turning increasingly to light plastic bottles deemed to help curb carbon dioxide emissions.

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