ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Co. has introduced a new plastic bottle made partially from plants called the "PlantBottle."

"The ‘PlantBottle’ is a significant development in sustainable packaging innovation," said Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer. "It builds on our legacy of environmental ingenuity and sets the course for us to realize our vision to eventually introduce bottles made with materials that are 100% recyclable and renewable."

The new bottle is currently made through a process that turns sugar cane and molasses into a key component for PET plastic. The company said it is exploring using other plant materials for future bottles.

The new bottle has 30% plant-base material and may reduce carbon emissions by up to 25% compared with petroleum-based PET.

It will first be used with the Dasani and sparkling brands this year and will later be used with vitaminwater in 2010.