PepsiCo develops first green PET bottle
Jeddah, March 28, 2011
PepsiCo, a premier consumer products company, said it has developed the world’s first PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based, fully renewable resources.
The 'green' bottle is made from bio-based raw materials, including switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. It is 100 per cent recyclable and far surpasses existing industry technologies, said a statement from PepsiCo.
The plant's renewable resources enabled the company to manufacture a beverage container with a significantly-reduced carbon footprint, it added.
In the future, the company expects to broaden the renewable sources used to create the “green” bottle to include orange peels, potato peels, oat hulls and other agricultural byproducts from its foods business, said a top official.
“This breakthrough innovation is a transformational development for PepsiCo and the beverage industry, and a direct result of our commitment to research and development,” said PepsiCo chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi.
“PepsiCo is in a unique position, as one of the largest food and beverage businesses, to ultimately source agricultural byproducts from our foods business to manufacture a more eco-friendly bottle for our beverages business – a sustainable business model that we believe brings to life the essence of Performance with Purpose,” she noted.
Combining biological and chemical processes, PepsiCo has identified methods to create a molecular structure that is identical to petroleum-based PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which results in a bottle that looks, feels and protects its product identically to existing PET beverage containers.
This process further reinforces PepsiCo’s “Power of One” advantage by driving a strategic beverage innovation via a food-based solution thus building upon its heritage as an innovator and leader in environmental sustainability, Nooyi added.
PepsiCo said it 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, which 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,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service