Packaging

PepsiCo Goes for Bioplastic Bottles

PepsiCo joins Danone and Nestle Waters in bioplastics bottles R&D partnership

The partnership is called NaturALL Bottle Alliance and aims to develop packaging solutions made from sustainable and renewable resources. NaturALL Bottle Alliance was created in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials.

A demonstration plant will be built in Ontario (Canada) with an expected capacity of 18,000 tons of biomass and be fully operational by 2020. The biomass originate from used cardboard and sawdust.

The Alliance managed to produce an 80% bio-based PET bottle, next step is to produce a 95% bio-based PET bottle and then 100%.

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Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo vice chairman and chief scientific officer, said 

“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.  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.”

Frédéric Jouin, head of research and development for plastic materials at Danone said

“We are very enthusiastic about PepsiCo joining the Alliance. By bringing together major players and pooling our complementary expertise and resources, we can make 100% renewable and recyclable PET plastic at commercial scale a reality. We also expect to see additional opportunities for this breakthrough technology.”

Massimo Casella, Nestlé Waters’ head of Research and Development said

“We are pleased to welcome PepsiCo into the NaturALL bottle Alliance. Their addition is further proof of the importance of this disruptive technology. The Alliance has taken an important step in working together to tackle the challenges around plastic packaging. Developing 100% bio-based PET is one way Nestlé is working to use more materials from sustainably managed renewable resources.”

CLOSING REMARKS

  • By the way, what is Unilever doing in terms of bioplastics?

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