PepsiCo, Evian Develop Eco-Friendly Bottles

March 22, 2011

PepsiCo's new bottle is made entirely from agricultural byproducts.

PepsiCo (Purchase, NY) announced last week that the company has developed what it says is the world’s first PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle made entirely from plant-based materials. Using materials like switch grass, pine bark, and corn husks, PepsiCo’s environmentally-friendly bottle ups Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle, a PET-based bottle of 30% plant-based materials, which the company introduced in 2009.

PepsiCo plans to initiate pilot production of its PET bottle in 2012 and, if successful, will move to full-scale commercialization. In the future, the company hopes to develop environmentally friendly bottles from even more agricultural byproducts, including orange peels, potato peels, and oat hulls.

"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," said PepsiCo CEO and chairman Indra Nooyi.

In other eco-friendly bottling news, Danone Waters of America Inc. (White Plans, NY) has developed a reduced-carbon evian water bottle. The 1.5 L bottle is made of 50% recycled PET and 11% less plastic. The initiative is part of evian’s overall goal to reduce carbon emissions by 40% from 2008 to 2011.