PepsiCo Develops World’s First 100 Percent Plant Based Renewably Sourced PET plastic free Bottle
PepsiCo’s “green” plastic free bottle is 100 percent recyclable and far surpasses existing industry technologies. The bottle is made from bio-based raw materials, including switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. 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. 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 transformation development for Pepsi Co and the beverage industry, and a direct result of our commitment to research and development,” said Pepsi Co Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi. “Pepsi Co 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, Pepsi Co 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.
Pepsi Co’s “green” bottle is reusable and outperforms current market standards. Switch grass, pine bark, and corn husks are among the bio-based raw materials used to make the glass. Orange peels, potato peels, oat hulls, and other organic byproducts from the company’s foods market are expected to be added to the recycled sources used to produce the “green” bottle in the future. By pushing a strategic beverage breakthrough from a food-based approach, this mechanism confirms Pepsi Co’s “Power of One” advantage.
“This game-changing invention is a direct result of Pepsi Co’s contribution to research and growth, and it’s a game-changer for the soda industry.”
PepsiCo made a big announcement last month about PepsiCo Develops World’s First 100 Percent Plant Based Renewably Sourced PET Plastic Free Bottle:
The company had developed the world’s first plant-based PET water container. Although the recent bottle is created from plants, it is less like the corn-based recyclable plastic bottles you may have heard of and more like standard PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, which is used in almost all single-use beverage bottles.
I’ll get above all about the new bottle, why it’s cool, and what I feel its pros and cons are. But first, let me tell you about how the night after the storey was published, I went a little mad on Twitter. Normally, I might have taken the storey in stride, looked into the bottle on my own time, and calculated if it was important enough just to write about. That night, therefore, I begin to have a number of positive tweets about PepsiCo’s new “plastic-free” bottle.