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PepsiCo switches to 100% rPET packaging

By April 13, 2020June 6th, 2023No Comments

The growing potential of the RPET market is considerably increasing. Some of the largest companies on Earth are packaging products in recycled plastic packaging in order to reduce their environmental impact.

Now, PepsiCo has plans to package its bottled water brand, Lifewatr, in 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET).

The move should help the beverage giant advance its goal of using 25% recycled plastic content in all plastic packaging by 2025.

Besides the shift to 100% rPET packaging, PepsiCo says their sparkling water brand Bubly will no longer be packaged in plastic and their Aquafina water brand will offer aluminum can packaging in US food service outlets. Altogether, the packaging changes are expected to eliminate more than 8,000 metric tons of virgin plastic and around 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the company.

Since 2009, PepsiCo says that their Naked Juice brand of fruit and veggie juices and smoothies has been working on making bottles from 100% rPET, a material that can be repeatedly turned back into new bottles. Using rPET uses about 25% less energy than virgin plastic, the company says.

“Tackling plastic waste is one of my top priorities,” said PepsiCo chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta. “We are doing our part to address the issue head on by reducing, recycling, and reinventing our packaging to make it more sustainable, and we won’t stop until we live in a world where plastics are renewed and reused.”

In addition to their plastic packaging goal for 2025, the company aims to make 100% of its packaging recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by that date. The PepsiCo switch to 100% rPET should signal another big step in the push to brands to make better plastic choices.

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