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Suntory taps NY startup to make plastic bottles 100% renewable

Beverage group will use only recycled and plant-based material to cut sea pollution

Plastic bottles of teas and soft drinks seen in a Tokyo supermarket. (Photo by Ryoma Kashiwagi) 

TOKYO -- Japanese beverage group Suntory Holdings aims to make all of its plastic bottles renewable by 2030, turning to a combination of recycled and plant-based materials, Nikkei has learned.

The move, which is expected to entail roughly 50 billion yen ($457 million) in investments -- including in a new U.S. factory -- comes as companies bolster efforts to reduce plastic waste. Plastic waste has become a major factor in maritime pollution.

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