Did You Know?
Plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970.
Although the first bottled soda water in America was created in 1835, plastic bottles for soft drinks weren't in use until 1970, and the first PET bottle was made three years later.
By 1977, the PET bottles weighed 60 grams, but were soon reduced to 48 grams. The Coca-Cola Company began blending recycled plastic into its plastic beverage bottles in 1990. On July 27, 2010, the first ship made from recycled plastic bottles called the Plastiki was constructed, and David de Rothschild led his crew in a 12,000-nautical-mile sea mission. Since the introduction of plastic, our society has taken full advantage of this material and created many purposes for it besides beverage bottles. However, now that the movement toward sustainable living has become a priority, plastic is the enemy rather than the hero it once was developed to be.