Pepsi Launches First-Ever Plant-Based Bottle

PepsiCo Plant-Based PET Bottle

PepsiCo announced this week 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, which will go into pilot production in 2012, is 100% recyclable and 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 to include orange peels, potato peels, oat hulls and other agricultural byproducts from its food businesses. Upon successful completion of the pilot, the company intends to move directly to full-scale commercialization. This follows PepsiCo's leadership with other recent environmental innovations, including the SunChips compostable bag; Eco-Fina, the lightest bottle of its size among U.S. bottled water brands; Naked Juice, the first nationally distributed beverage in the U.S. with a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottle; and more.

It's enough to make this loyal Coca-cola lover switch to Pepsi!

Read the full PepsiCo press release.

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