PepsiCo joins biobased bottle consortium


In New York, soda-and-snack giant PepsiCo has joined the NaturALL Bottle alliance, a consortium of entities looking to develop bioplastic bottles.

The alliance was formed last year by Danone, Nestlé Waters, and Origin Materials and managed to produce 80% renewable polyethylene terephthalate bottles at pilot scale. The group is building a demonstration-scale plant in Sarnia, Ontario for startup in 2020 and aims to hit 95% biobased PET shortly thereafter.

“Through our Performance with Purpose agenda, PepsiCo is committed to reducing the carbon impact of packaging in line with our goal to reduce absolute emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% by 2030; bio-based PET has the potential to reduce significantly the carbon footprint of our PET bottles, a huge contribution to our efforts in this area,” Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo vice chairman and chief scientific officer tells Packaging News. “ We are excited to add PepsiCo’s R&D capabilities to the Alliance and look forward to seeing what the combined efforts of the Alliance members can achieve.”