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21 Feb 2010
Vancouver 2010 , IOC News

Coca-Cola goes green

Coca-Cola is using its pavilion at the Vancouver Games to promote environmental sustainability. "We aim to make everyone realise that recycling and sustainable efforts are important,” said Coca-Cola's communications assistant Sarah Mitchell.

The pavilion, located at David Lam Park, displays the history of Coca-Cola, offers free drinks to visitors, has an interactive art display and has on-site interactive games that promote sustainability.

“The recycling part is my favourite,” said 20-year-old environmental studies student Courtney Brown, who had just won Coca-Cola's polar bear swim game.

The company has launched new plant-based bottles that are made up of 30 per cent plant waste, such as sugar cane and molasses.

Coca-Cola is also turning all 1,400 of its coolers and vending machines used for the Games into greenhouse gas emission-free refrigerators and reducing its electricity use.

Mitchell said the environment is an important part of the Olympic Games, and making sure they do not leave behind a large carbon footprint is crucial.

“It's awesome to have sports, but if it's not sustainable then it won’t last,” Brown said.

By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG

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