develops 100 percent plant-based PET bottle
PepsiCo has developed the world’s first PET
plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based, fully renewable
resources, enabling the company to manufacture a beverage container
with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
PepsiCo’s “green” 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.
Combining biological and chemical processes, PepsiCo has identified
methods to create a molecular structure that is identical to
petroleum-based polyethylene terephthalate (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.