PepsiCo Continues Move Away from Plastic

Big changes are in store for Pepsi beverage packaging.

July 30, 2019

PURCHASE, N.Y.—PepsiCo continues making changes to some of its fastest-growing brands by changing the packaging for some products and working to remove plastic from its supply chain, reports Fortune

“It’s really important to our consumers that we’re thinking about the impact we have on the planet,” said Stacy Taffet, vice president of PepsiCo’s water portfolio.

Beginning in 2020, PepsiCo will sell Aquafina water in aluminum cans in the United States and test the cans in other areas. Bubly, Pepsi’s sparkling water brand, will be sold only in cans, and Lifewtr will be packaged in only recycled plastic.

The changes are expected to eliminate more than 8,000 metric tons of virgin plastic and cut back on roughly 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, Pepsi said. The company’s goal for 2025 is to make Pepsi packaging recyclable, compostable or biodegradable and that 25% of its plastic packaging will come from recycled materials.

Taffet said that one benefit of aluminum is that it’s recycled more than plastic, in part because it has a higher monetary value. The company chose to use recycled plastic rather than aluminum with Lifewtr because people like to reseal the bottles and carry them all day. PepsiCo has led a major effort to reverse declines in U.S. household recycling and hopes to increase the supply of the recycled plastic that can be used in its packaging.