Friday, March 18, 2011

PepsiCo Going Green

On Tuesday PepsiCo announced the unveiling of their new bottles that is made entirely of plant materials. This new bottle is said to out best the technology of their competitor Coca-Cola and reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
The new Pepsi bottles are comprised of different elements of switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Pepsi also stated they plan to use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other compostable leftover scraps from their food business.
PepsiCo said this is the world’s first bottle that is entirely made of plant-based material. Not only does the bottle look and feel like the current Pepsi bottles, the bottle also protects the drink inside the exact same as their regular bottles. This is a huge step for the company in the bottling industry, as their competitor Coca-Cola currently produces a bottle which us made up of only 30% plant-based material  and has stated that it would be a few years before they unveil a 100% plant-based material bottle that is commercially viable. PepsiCo plans to test the product in 2012 in a few hundred thousand bottles to make sure they can successfully product the bottle to scale.
This is just one step that PepsiCo has taken recently to help reduce their carbon footprint. You may have recently heard that the company released the first fully compostable bas for their SunChips line. They have also take measures to cut the plastic usage in their Aqua-Fina bottles in 2009.

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