Suntory Foods International Ltd. has renewed its lineup of "GREEN DA・KA・RA Yasashii Mugi-cha" barley tea and will launch it nationwide on April 13 (Tuesday). The main reason for the renewal, which impacts their 650ml and 600ml barley tea, is the use of "sustainable bottles" made of 100% recycled materials. Suntory Foods has also released a concept movie called ムギちゃんとふしぎなおじさん Mugi-chan to Fushigi na Ojisan ("Mugi-chan and the Mysterious Uncle") to explain the mechanism of the "bottle to bottle" horizontal recycling of PET bottles in a fun and easy-to-understand manner.

Bottle-to-bottle" horizontal recycling of PET bottles and the "sustainable bottle" project

In 2012, Suntory Group became the first company in Japan's soft drink industry to introduce PET bottles made of 100% recycled materials. They developed the world's first FtoP Direct Recycling Technology to reduce CO2 emissions. Suntory has been actively promoting "bottle-to-bottle" horizontal recycling ever since. In their "Basic Policy on Plastics" formulated two years ago, they set a goal of becoming 100% sustainable by 2030 by using only recycled or plant-derived materials in all PET bottles used globally, thereby reducing the use of new fossil-derived materials to zero.

As a part of their project to encourage recycling, Suntory Foods has named their sustainable PET bottles made of 100% recycled or plant-derived materials また会えるボトル mata aeru botoru, or "see you" (again) in English, to convey the idea to customers that PET bottles are a resource that can be recycled over and over again through proper recycling.

Here is their promotional video starring actor Jiro Sato as the Mysterious Uncle and Nagisa-chan as Mugi-Chan:

Product Outline

  • GREEN DA・KA・RA やさしい麦茶 GREEN DA・KA・RA Yasashii Mugicha barley tea
  • 2L PET bottle, 350 yen
  • 650ml PET bottle*, 600ml PET bottle* (for vending machines), 140 yen
  • Only the 650ml and 600ml bottles will be available in the "See You" (again) bottles.
  • Release date: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)
  • Sales area: All Japan
  • "GREEN DA・KA・RA" website

650ml bottle

600ml bottle

For more information, visit Suntory Foods' "GREEN DA・KA・RA" website here.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.