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Apr 25

Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle

Posted in Energy Industry | Energy Inventions | Environment and Sustainability

Pepsi Green PET Bottle PepsiCo is one of the leading food and beverage businesses in the world. Since 2010, it has been focusing on protecting the earth’s natural energy resources with competent use of soil, water, power and finding and focusing on innovative ways to do so. Recently PepsiCo developed the world’s first plastic bottle made entirely from renewable and plant-sourced raw materials. This, in contrast to the traditional PET bottle leaves less carbon trace on our planet.

A trend-setter and leader in green sustainability

The latest in PepsiCo’s green efforts is the ‘green’ bottle – manufactured from raw materials which are bio-based like: corn husks, switch grass and pine-barks. Soon bi-products from its own food business, like potato peels, orange peels and oat hulls will be utilized for producing the green bottle. This bottle is entirely plant based, from fully renewable resources and is 100% recyclable. This is identical in looks, feel and function as the petroleum-based PET bottle. After completion of a pilot production in 2012, commercial production will be commenced.

‘Performance with Purpose’

Sourcing raw materials for the green bottle from their own food unit to utilize for their other unit – the beverage unit has made PepsiCo realize their goal of ‘Performance with Purpose’ with a sustainable business model. This is a great example of ‘Power of One’ – matching strategic and innovative internal products against needs. This has won acclaim from As You Sow – a San Francisco-based foundation. It applauded PepsiCo’s corporate social responsibility for reducing carbon footprint and fossil-fuel dependency.

Goals & commitments

Some examples of the billion dollar giant’s environmental concern and green ethics are:

  • Fully compostable bag at Sunchips and using solar power for manufacturing them.
  • Introducing lightweight Ecofina bottles, and reNEWabottles in US.
  • Achieving ‘Positive Water Balance’ in India 2009.
  • Introducing the ‘Dream Machine’ for on-the-go recycling in US.

Marching towards the goal

Ms. Indra Nooyi, CEO & PepsiCo Chairperson says, “This breakthrough innovation is a transformational development for PepsiCo and the beverage industry, and a direct result of our commitment to research and development…. a sustainable business model that we believe brings to life the essence of Performance with Purpose.” PepsiCo indeed has shown exemplary and “unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet.”

  • Justin

    so long as it doesn’t mess with the awesome flavor of pepsi i’ll drink it lol

  • Susie

    Awesome. Do you have an email address for Pepsi? We should write and give them kudos.

  • Justin

    so long as it doesn’t mess with the awesome flavor of pepsi i’ll drink it lol

  • Susie

    Awesome. Do you have an email address for Pepsi? We should write and give them kudos.

  • Joy

    Yuck! Greenwashing at its finest…

  • Joy

    Yuck! Greenwashing at its finest…

  • Harold

    A ridiculously non-green bottle. Taking nature’s own nutrients and locking them into synthetic polymers that never, ever break back down is madness. PET is mostly only down-cyclable. Ask Coke, who just poured $50 mil into “state-of-the-art recycling” only to find that the end product is still junk not suitable for new bottles. PET just means a world more & more flooded in cheap plastic junk that finally ends up swirling in the oceans. And this “breakthrough” means that in the future when we’ve finally weaned off of fossil fuels, Pepsi can keep churning out millions of pounds of plastic each year. Business as usual.

  • Harold

    A ridiculously non-green bottle. Taking nature’s own nutrients and locking them into synthetic polymers that never, ever break back down is madness. PET is mostly only down-cyclable. Ask Coke, who just poured $50 mil into “state-of-the-art recycling” only to find that the end product is still junk not suitable for new bottles. PET just means a world more & more flooded in cheap plastic junk that finally ends up swirling in the oceans. And this “breakthrough” means that in the future when we’ve finally weaned off of fossil fuels, Pepsi can keep churning out millions of pounds of plastic each year. Business as usual.

  • Matthew

    I think that it is a great thing to use weeds, or other non food/medicinal plants to make these bottles. How do you acquire the peels, husks, without throwing away the edible part of the food products to get the materials you need?

  • Lai

    Did they clean up what’s in the bottle? Especially in the diet pepsi drinks?

  • Matthew

    I think that it is a great thing to use weeds, or other non food/medicinal plants to make these bottles. How do you acquire the peels, husks, without throwing away the edible part of the food products to get the materials you need?

  • Lai

    Did they clean up what’s in the bottle? Especially in the diet pepsi drinks?

  • Patty

    It’s whats in the bottle that is the problem.

  • Michael

    How can it possibly be 100% plant based and 100% recyclable? That doesn’t make sense. Bioplastics don’t recycle with petroplastics.

  • Patty

    It’s whats in the bottle that is the problem.

  • Michael

    How can it possibly be 100% plant based and 100% recyclable? That doesn’t make sense. Bioplastics don’t recycle with petroplastics.

  • Harold

    @Michael, they’ve found how to synthesize ethylene gas from plants. The ethylene then goes into making the polyethylene, which then goes into making PET plastic. So chemically it truly is identical to petroplastics. The lie is the “100% recyclable.” That doesn’t mean that it’ll be turned back into a new bottle in a closed loop. Just that somebody somewhere can take that bottle and downcycle it into something else once or twice before it gets deep-sixed.

  • Harold

    @Michael, they’ve found how to synthesize ethylene gas from plants. The ethylene then goes into making the polyethylene, which then goes into making PET plastic. So chemically it truly is identical to petroplastics. The lie is the “100% recyclable.” That doesn’t mean that it’ll be turned back into a new bottle in a closed loop. Just that somebody somewhere can take that bottle and downcycle it into something else once or twice before it gets deep-sixed.

  • Liz

    Nice try Pepsi… but how green is your company, the ‘green’ bottle manufactuing process, and how credible is your exploitative business model? Commercial giant doing a great job at greenwashing their products…

  • Liz

    Nice try Pepsi… but how green is your company, the ‘green’ bottle manufactuing process, and how credible is your exploitative business model? Commercial giant doing a great job at greenwashing their products…

  • Scott

    They are still filling it with poison.

  • Scott

    They are still filling it with poison.

  • Joy

    Infinite Growth + Finite planet = Ecological Suicide

  • Walter

    So we’ll use water, pesticides and fertilizer to grow plant material, chemically break it down and create a plant based plastic that may or may not be recycleable, and fill it (bottle) with synthetic sweeteners that may cause cancer, phosphoric acid, and water, and sell it all to the world for a price 100 times the cost of water? Not sure this is ‘progress’…

  • Joy

    Infinite Growth + Finite planet = Ecological Suicide

  • Walter

    So we’ll use water, pesticides and fertilizer to grow plant material, chemically break it down and create a plant based plastic that may or may not be recycleable, and fill it (bottle) with synthetic sweeteners that may cause cancer, phosphoric acid, and water, and sell it all to the world for a price 100 times the cost of water? Not sure this is ‘progress’…

  • Chris

    Ask the people who live near the Corpus Christie bottling plant and see what they think? I’m sure they think its a joke too…

  • Mikell

    I love Pepsi Max

  • Chris

    Ask the people who live near the Corpus Christie bottling plant and see what they think? I’m sure they think its a joke too…

  • Mikell

    I love Pepsi Max

  • Ivy

    I have a suggestion; just go back to glass bottles.

  • Dan

    Death in a bottle.

  • Laurie

    Put it in whatever you want it is still poison.

  • Ivy

    I have a suggestion; just go back to glass bottles.

    • Gintoki’s Big Sis

      Kudos to you

  • Dan

    Death in a bottle.

  • Laurie

    Put it in whatever you want it is still poison.

  • James

    Do not like soda.

  • Jessica

    Nothing is a 100% we are all at fault for causing what we do to our earth

  • Angel

    Aspartame is still derived from genetically modified e-coli and turns into formaldehyde when heated by the body, and High fructose corn syrup is still made with fish genes in corn…Its poison…its a neurotoxin…and it is making people fat even in its diet form. The body has to hang on to the fat to surround the toxins to protect the vital organs.

  • James

    Do not like soda.

  • Jessica

    Nothing is a 100% we are all at fault for causing what we do to our earth

  • Angel

    Aspartame is still derived from genetically modified e-coli and turns into formaldehyde when heated by the body, and High fructose corn syrup is still made with fish genes in corn…Its poison…its a neurotoxin…and it is making people fat even in its diet form. The body has to hang on to the fat to surround the toxins to protect the vital organs.

  • Ar18103

    The Cola industry depletes the local area of ground water (often in 3rd world countries), In India women carry water 3 hours per day and they pay a lot for this water (in Mumbay 87,5% of the women carry water 3 hours per day on average).

  • Ar18103

    The Cola industry depletes the local area of ground water (often in 3rd world countries), In India women carry water 3 hours per day and they pay a lot for this water (in Mumbay 87,5% of the women carry water 3 hours per day on average).

  • Dave

    Looking at the bottle itself and not the company’s other ethical and environmental concerns. The bottle appears to be a step forward. The only concern is no information on leaching of the material into the bottles contents and that the technology is with a beverage company. If the bottle is green and good for health then it should have been developed by a container manufacturer and not a beverage company as then it could have been used by a greater number of beverage companies.

  • Dave

    Looking at the bottle itself and not the company’s other ethical and environmental concerns. The bottle appears to be a step forward. The only concern is no information on leaching of the material into the bottles contents and that the technology is with a beverage company. If the bottle is green and good for health then it should have been developed by a container manufacturer and not a beverage company as then it could have been used by a greater number of beverage companies.

  • John C

    Is this bottle 100% recyclable by natural means? If we have to reclaim the bottle and recycle it ourselves then I doubt it will happen with 80% of the bottles produced. If I bought one, I would send it to be recycled, but I doubt that most of them will find it anywhere apart from landfill sites or in the ocean.

  • John C

    Is this bottle 100% recyclable by natural means? If we have to reclaim the bottle and recycle it ourselves then I doubt it will happen with 80% of the bottles produced. If I bought one, I would send it to be recycled, but I doubt that most of them will find it anywhere apart from landfill sites or in the ocean.

  • Kevin

    I work in the plastic blowing industry, I drink from glass, I don’t drink soda due to the chemicals added ( which are killing you), I hate the companies green we are/recycling motos. The electricity used each day could power a prairie town, a school, a hospital. The power, water, materials and chemicals used are massive for a few more soda sales?…

    • Info

      Amen brother, we need to stop buying fluids in bottles-especially WATER.

  • Kevin

    I work in the plastic blowing industry, I drink from glass, I don’t drink soda due to the chemicals added ( which are killing you), I hate the companies green we are/recycling motos. The electricity used each day could power a prairie town, a school, a hospital. The power, water, materials and chemicals used are massive for a few more soda sales?…

    • Info

      Amen brother, we need to stop buying fluids in bottles-especially WATER.

  • Rodrigo

    Excellent achievement. It is a true change in the way the things are done actually using fossil fuels. It is a different way of thinking focused in to make the bottles from renewable resources. Every positive achievement should be admired and reproduced. “You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want? somethin’, go get it. Period.” (the product inside the bottle is a choice, nobody is forced to buy it)

  • Rodrigo

    Excellent achievement. It is a true change in the way the things are done actually using fossil fuels. It is a different way of thinking focused in to make the bottles from renewable resources. Every positive achievement should be admired and reproduced. “You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” (the product inside the bottle is a choice, nobody is forced to buy it)

  • Matt

    You would be mad to drink that rubbish whatever bottle its in….but glass is the only thing I drink from, plastic is poison!

  • Matt

    You would be mad to drink that rubbish whatever bottle its in….but glass is the only thing I drink from, plastic is poison!

  • Arnstein

    The Cola industry depletes the local area of ground water (often in 3rd world countries), In India women carry water 3 hours per day and they have to pay a lot of money for this water (in Mumbay 87,5% of the women carry water 3 hours per day on average).

  • Arnstein

    The Cola industry depletes the local area of ground water (often in 3rd world countries), In India women carry water 3 hours per day and they have to pay a lot of money for this water (in Mumbay 87,5% of the women carry water 3 hours per day on average).

  • John

    A lot of salient points in this discussion. My only addition is that these bottles should be biodegradable. Making recyclable materials is a laudable aim, however, when most people buy these bottles, they will just throw them in the trash and they will end up as landfill and not be recycled. Shame.

  • John

    A lot of salient points in this discussion. My only addition is that these bottles should be biodegradable. Making recyclable materials is a laudable aim, however, when most people buy these bottles, they will just throw them in the trash and they will end up as landfill and not be recycled. Shame.

  • Darlene

    Rubbish… give us the water before it’s turned to pepsi and sold in bottles of any sort.

  • Darlene

    Rubbish… give us the water before it’s turned to pepsi and sold in bottles of any sort.

  • Abraham

    How green is the green bottle? Do the industries have the standard doing so about the green bottle or is it just a show… lesser energy better.

  • Mike

    No such thing as a green bottle unless it isn’t a bottle at all.

  • Abraham

    How green is the green bottle? Do the industries have the standard doing so about the green bottle or is it just a show… lesser energy better.

  • Mike

    No such thing as a green bottle unless it isn’t a bottle at all.

  • Ranee

    oh my gosh… ok I believe its very forward thinking of Pepsi to try and get us off the petroleum nipple and create a product that is recyclable And green… It can only improve from this point on… It is a marathon baton for other companies to pick up and run with. Congratulations Pepsi to your biochemists and engineers for all their hard work to come up with this extraordinary packaging! Let’s see what happens now ! (ps dont drink coke !) hehe .. V/

  • Gerard

    Glass is better.

  • Ranee

    oh my gosh… ok I believe its very forward thinking of Pepsi to try and get us off the petroleum nipple and create a product that is recyclable And green… It can only improve from this point on… It is a marathon baton for other companies to pick up and run with. Congratulations Pepsi to your biochemists and engineers for all their hard work to come up with this extraordinary packaging! Let’s see what happens now ! (ps dont drink coke !) hehe .. V/

  • Gerard

    Glass is better.

  • Andrea

    Don’t care… don’t drink soda. That stuff will kill you.

  • Andrea

    Don’t care… don’t drink soda. That stuff will kill you.

  • Liane

    Lose the corn syrup in their actual drink, then let’s talk….

  • Monica

    The word “green” sells a lot doesn’t it? Drink poison without guilt for the environment.

  • Liane

    Lose the corn syrup in their actual drink, then let’s talk….

  • Monica

    The word “green” sells a lot doesn’t it? Drink poison without guilt for the environment.

  • Amber

    The bottle isn’t what scares me, it’s what’s inside! Still won’t make me drink it…

  • Amber

    The bottle isn’t what scares me, it’s what’s inside! Still won’t make me drink it…

  • Juraj

    I think pepsi drink is a poison in any kind of bottle!

  • Juraj

    I think pepsi drink is a poison in any kind of bottle!

  • Qurban

    These type of every drinks contain acid and lead to damage our health as well as environment in terms of solid waste.

  • Elizabeth

    Don’t drink that poison in any bottle!

  • Qurban

    These type of every drinks contain acid and lead to damage our health as well as environment in terms of solid waste.

  • Elizabeth

    Don’t drink that poison in any bottle!

  • Sally

    It is helpful with the whole soft plastic/carcinogen problem. I’m off the pop right now, but would feel a little better about having one occasionally due to this. I hope that it is not using food sources for the bottle. Is it compostable?

  • Sally

    It is helpful with the whole soft plastic/carcinogen problem. I’m off the pop right now, but would feel a little better about having one occasionally due to this. I hope that it is not using food sources for the bottle. Is it compostable?

  • Michele

    Cool! like the clothes hangers I bought at Walmart. They’re made from corn, and they’re the strongest thing in my closet. A little pricey, but they’re the only make that haven’t broken.

  • Dominik

    It is nice to hear the progress, but pepsi is very bad for the body itself.

    Selling poison in a nicer bottle.

  • Michele

    Cool! like the clothes hangers I bought at Walmart. They’re made from corn, and they’re the strongest thing in my closet. A little pricey, but they’re the only make that haven’t broken.

  • Dominik

    It is nice to hear the progress, but pepsi is very bad for the body itself.

    Selling poison in a nicer bottle.

  • Anonymous

    On one hand the effort to use a non petroleum base to manufacture the plastic bottle is commendable. On the other, the story degrades rather rapidly. If you are looking for a symbol of convenience without conscious, can you really do any better than the plastic bottle? The only real quandary is the choice to represent. Is it the ultra handy 12 ounce, or the up and comer 16 ounce disposable.

    Never mind how this trash over runs our cities. This ubiquitous scourge now fills our harbors, beaches, parks, and forests. The seas are now filling with plastic particles. So other than finding a cheaper alternative for the plastic so the bottlers can continue to pump them out in even greater numbers, is this really what we call progress?

    Be it water, soda, thirst-aid, or spirits, your choice of beverage really matters not, it’s the package. The beverage bottlers will point to the consumer. The consumer will point back to the bottler as they load their grocery carts with cases of convenience.

    To ease the guilt the consumer will tell you how their town now recycles. As landfills overflow the cost to recycle will continue to escalate. The cost to handle plastic bottles can easily be extrapolated at the landfill or transfer station. Then add in the cost to collect this litter carelessly tossed about. This has become a very expensive convenience.

    Why should one consumer be forced to subsidies the cost of a lazy convenience if they have made every effort to avoid?

    The consumer of the plastic bottle should bear the cost of their choice. Only then will we see true innovation from the mega beverage corporations like Pepsi. As for the fully compostable Sunchips bag. Sales dipped in the US due to the louder sound the bag made. So they went back to plastic for most of the US consumers. Now there’s an example of corporate conviction for you.

    Have you seen the new soda machines on the market? A little more effort on your part which might be healthier for you, your family, and most certainly the planet. Turn on enough people in your town and help cut the cost of dealing with this trash.

    A healthier alternative that uses much less energy and generates far less waste. Yes, there are alternatives. Change your thinking, change your habits, and you will change the world.

  • tropicalday88

    On one hand the effort to use a non petroleum base to manufacture the plastic bottle is commendable. On the other, the story degrades rather rapidly. If you are looking for a symbol of convenience without conscious, can you really do any better than the plastic bottle? The only real quandary is the choice to represent. Is it the ultra handy 12 ounce, or the up and comer 16 ounce disposable.

    Never mind how this trash over runs our cities. This ubiquitous scourge now fills our harbors, beaches, parks, and forests. The seas are now filling with plastic particles. So other than finding a cheaper alternative for the plastic so the bottlers can continue to pump them out in even greater numbers, is this really what we call progress?

    Be it water, soda, thirst-aid, or spirits, your choice of beverage really matters not, it’s the package. The beverage bottlers will point to the consumer. The consumer will point back to the bottler as they load their grocery carts with cases of convenience.

    To ease the guilt the consumer will tell you how their town now recycles. As landfills overflow the cost to recycle will continue to escalate. The cost to handle plastic bottles can easily be extrapolated at the landfill or transfer station. Then add in the cost to collect this litter carelessly tossed about. This has become a very expensive convenience.

    Why should one consumer be forced to subsidies the cost of a lazy convenience if they have made every effort to avoid?

    The consumer of the plastic bottle should bear the cost of their choice. Only then will we see true innovation from the mega beverage corporations like Pepsi. As for the fully compostable Sunchips bag. Sales dipped in the US due to the louder sound the bag made. So they went back to plastic for most of the US consumers. Now there’s an example of corporate conviction for you.

    Have you seen the new soda machines on the market? A little more effort on your part which might be healthier for you, your family, and most certainly the planet. Turn on enough people in your town and help cut the cost of dealing with this trash.

    A healthier alternative that uses much less energy and generates far less waste. Yes, there are alternatives. Change your thinking, change your habits, and you will change the world.

  • AndrewW

    There is just no pleasing fanatical “greens.”

  • AndrewW

    There is just no pleasing fanatical “greens.”

  • Gregg

    I agree with most people, do not like. Pepsi is just trying to use the Green Machine to boost their sales of dumb dumb juice.

  • Kristin

    A waste of a bottle. Pepsi – blech.

  • Gregg

    I agree with most people, do not like. Pepsi is just trying to use the Green Machine to boost their sales of dumb dumb juice.

  • Kristin

    A waste of a bottle. Pepsi – blech.

  • Sarah

    I don’t believe it and don’t drink their HFCS-laced product anyway.

  • Sarah

    I don’t believe it and don’t drink their HFCS-laced product anyway.

  • http://dottribes.com/iev Corina|EV

    I can only hope that more and more big companies will follow Pepsis example and join the cause of protecting our world one way or another !

  • http://dottribes.com/iev Corina|EV

    I can only hope that more and more big companies will follow Pepsis example and join the cause of protecting our world one way or another !


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