New bottle from Pepsico is world's first 100 percent plant-based and renewably-sourced PET.
March 16, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff
PURCHASE, N.Y. – PepsiCo has announced the development of the world’s first PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based, fully renewable resources, enabling the company to manufacture a beverage container with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
This ‘green’ bottle is 100 percent recyclable and is made from bio-based raw materials, including switch grass, pine bark and corn husks – though PepsiCo expects broaden its renewable sources and be able to create the ‘green’ bottle with such components as: orange peels, potato peels, oat hulls and other agricultural byproducts from its foods business. This process further reinforces PepsiCo’s “Power of One” advantage by driving a strategic beverage innovation via a food-based solution.
“This breakthrough innovation is a transformational development for PepsiCo and the beverage industry, and a direct result of our commitment to research and development,” says PepsiCo chairman and chief executive officer, Indra Nooyi. “PepsiCo is in a unique position, as one of the world’s largest food and beverage businesses, to ultimately source agricultural byproducts from our foods business to manufacture a more environmentally-preferable bottle for our beverages business–a sustainable business model that we believe brings to life the essence of Performance with Purpose.”
Combining biological and chemical processes, PepsiCo has identified methods to create a molecular structure that is identical to petroleum-based PET, which results in a bottle that looks, feels and protects its product identically to existing PET beverage containers.
PepsiCo will pilot production of the new bottle in 2012. Upon successful completion of the pilot, the company intends to move directly to full-scale commercialization.
“As You Sow applauds PepsiCo’s innovative packaging design,” said Conrad Mackerron, senior program director of As You Sow, a San Francisco-based foundation that promotes corporate social responsibility through shareholder engagement. “By reducing reliance on petroleum-based materials and using its own agricultural scraps as feedstock for new bottles, this advancement should deliver a double win for the environment and PepsiCo.”
With this development, PepsiCo continues its leadership position in environmental sustainability and driving progress against the global goals and commitments it announced in 2010 to protect the Earth’s natural resources through innovation and more efficient use of land, energy, water and packaging. Specific examples of PepsiCo’s recent environmental innovations and progress include:
With net revenues of approximately US $60-billion, PepsiCo offers the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. It’s main businesses–Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi Cola–also make hundreds of other enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages that are respected globally.
For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.