PACKAGING SUSTAINABILITY

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand, the official soft drink supplier for the 36th America’s Cup, has opened a unique refreshment and recycling hub in Auckland’s Viaduct Basin.

The bespoke café-style hub uses a converted shipping container with the interior constructed from a range of recycled and sustainable materials.

Coca-Cola Amatil managing director Chris Litchfield says the materials include salvaged railway sleepers, cardboard tubes, old billboard skins, plywood signage, recycled bugle screws and even upcycled Emirates Team New Zealand race sails.

“The Drink Stop aims to raise awareness about the importance of recycling bottles so that they can have another life, again and again. Visitors can enjoy a drink in a bottle made from recycled plastic, dispose of their bottle via a central interactive recycling station and learn more about how plastic bottles are recycled.”

The café will be onsite at the America’s Cup Village until March 31. The hub will then be used in other locations around the country to continue sharing the sustainable packaging story.