Pepsi Unveils Plant-Based Plastic Bottle
The market place is abuzz these days about containers made of environmentally friendly material and means.
Not to be left in the wake of other companies, PepsiCo Inc. unveiled a new bottle today. A clear container made entirely of plant material. Pepsi boasts that it beats the technology of its main competitor, Coca-Cola, seeing that the latter company's plastic bottle is only 30 percent plant-based materials and recently estimated it would be several years before it has a 100 percent plant bottle that's commercially viable.
So, congratulations to Pepsi's research and development team for finding a way to make a plastic bottle entirely out of plant based material.
Apparently, the two major producers of fizz compete not just in the product, but in the packaging of its product as well.
Pepsi's PET bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Ultimately, the company plans to also use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food manufacturing business.
In terms of recycling and reusing otherwise discarded raw materials from food manufacturing processes, this is good news because conventional PET plastic is made from fossil fuels, including petroleum, known for being a limited resource with rising prices.
Companies who wisely invest in research and development to find that magical green chemistry formula that will wean them off a dependence on petrol-chemicals will reap significant profits by being able to cut the cost of waste management alone.
When Pepsi finds a well-orchestrated way to get potato and orange peels from its food manufacturing facilities to another facility that uses the scraps to produce PET bottles that it then uses to package its extensive line of beverages, then both the environment and the company benefits.Continued on the next page