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Life Cycle of a Gatorade Bottle


Emily Moore

on 29 January 2013

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Transcript of Life Cycle of a Gatorade Bottle

By: Emily Moore The Life Cycle of Gatorade 1. Design The design of the bottle is made into a mold. The flavor(s) are chosen, too. They decide the nutrients to include in the Gatorade. The wrappers and logo are planned out. 2. Material Acquisition The plastics are collected. Most are recycled from other bottles.
The ingredients for the Gatorade are collected. These ingredients include water, sucrose, dextrose, citric acid, natural flavor, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, modified food starch, and color dyes. 3. Material Processing This is were the parts and ingredients for making the products are changed to be useful. The collected plastics are then melted. The ingredients for the Gatorade are already prepared for production. 4. Production 5. Packaging Each bottle gets a cap and wrapper put on it. Machines do this. Then they are put in packs of multiple bottles, unless they are to be sold individually. There are plastic rings that hold bottles together. When bottles are packed in big packs, they are set on cardboard and wrapped in plastic wrap. 6. Distribution 7. Use 8. Reuse, Recycle, Disposal The melted plastics are mixed together and poured into a mold. Highly pressurized air is shot into the mold to blow the plastic to the right shape. Plastics are instantly cooled. When the bottles are ready a "palletizer" packs them in bulk and they are shipped off to be filled at the Gatorade factory. In the factory the bottles are "depalletized". Conveyor belts move the bottles around the factory to be filled, capped, and for wrappers to be put them. The finished bottles of Gatorade are packed into trucks. The trucks take them to local grocery stores, gas stations, and other places that they are sold. There is one use of Gatorade: drinking it. Gatorade is mainly used to drink before, during, or after playing sports. It helps re-hydrate the body. After someone drinks the Gatorade, the bottle is recycled. The person will throw the bottle in a recycle bin. The bin will be picked up by a recycle truck and eventually be taken to a recycling plant. There, the recyclables will be broke down and reused to make more bottles, and the whole process starts over again. Sometimes people don't recycle the bottles so they end up in a landfill. Most of the packaging, if it isn't recycled, is thrown away and will end up in a landfill. Sometimes people will reuse the bottle by filling it up with water or juice after the Gatorade has been consumed. FUN FACT! Gatorade was originally created for the Florida Gators. FUN FACT! Gatorade comes in over 32 flavors! This is a picture of a plastic bottle being capped by a machine, in a factory where bottles are made.
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