coca cola 2nd lives campaign

Coke’s recent ad campaigns have been all about promoting friendliness and sharing. Their latest campaign, created by ad firm Ogilvy & Mather China, turns empty Coke bottles into useful objects, giving them “2nd Lives” which also happens to be the title of the quirky movement.

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2nd Lives introduces 16 novel red caps that turn empty plastic Coca-Cola bottles into useful objects. The fun caps turn empty bottles into lamps, soap dispensers, pencil sharpeners, baby rattles, paintbrushes, bubble blowing kits, and other items that ensure at least some plastic bottles will stay out of the waste stream for a while.

coca cola upcycles its bottles

Although we’re reluctant to endorse sugary soft drinks, the ad campaign does provide some entertaining uses for the plastic bottles after the beverage is gone. Water guns, sauce shakers, and even mini barbells are not objects that you would ever think to associate with a soft drink company, but the plastic caps really do give new lives to the empty bottles.

coca cola upcycle bottles

Coke is giving away 40,000 sets of the caps in Vietnam and has plans to introduce them across Asia at some point. In keeping with the spirit of Coke’s other recent campaigns, this one is focused on giving consumers a bit of unexpected fun and happiness.

Via Ogilvy’s Asia:

“Coca-Cola is no stranger to inventive campaigns, but their new take on sustainability in this campaign was almost as refreshing at the drink itself. The ‘2nd Lives’ program took used plastic Coke bottles and turned them into so much more. Answering the question, ‘What if they (the bottles) had a life after Coke?,’ the ‘2nd Lives’ campaign introduced 16 re-imagined bottle caps that transformed an empty bottle into anything from a pencil sharpener to a water gun. The campaign was launched in Vietnam in 2014, where 40,000 free caps were given away with the purchase of a Coke.”