PepsiCo says it 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. 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, says the company.
“This breakthrough innovation is a transformational development for PepsiCo and the beverage industry, and a direct result of our commitment to research and development,” said PepsiCo chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi.
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.
The announcement was made Tuesday, March 15.