US – PepsiCo Inc has developed what it claims is the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based, fully renewable sources, enabling the global food and beverage giant to manufacture a beverage container with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
PepsiCo's "green" bottle is 100% recyclable and made from bio-based raw materials, including switch grass, pine bark and corn husks; the brand owner says it 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 in the future - 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 PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which results in a bottle that looks, feels and protects its product identically to existing PET beverage containers.
"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 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," she added.
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.