PepsiCo's LIFEWTR will be packaged in 100% rPET, and bubly will no longer be packaged in plastic. Also, the AQUAFINA water brand will offer aluminum can packaging in U.S. food service outlets, while the brand tests the move in retail.
The changes, which will go into effect next year, are expected to eliminate more than 8,000 metric tons of virgin plastic and approximately 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, representing the latest ambitious steps in the company's sustainability journey and pursuit of a circular economy for plastics. They reinforce and advance PepsiCo's goals to by 2025 make 100% of its packaging recyclable, compostable or biodegradable and use 25% recycled plastic content in all its plastic packaging.
Naked Juice, a category leader in premium fruit and veggie juices and smoothies, has been working since 2009 to ensure its bottles are made of 100% rPET and can be turned into bottles again and again. By making its bottles with rPET, the brand also uses about 25% less energy than if it used virgin plastic.
PepsiCo is one of the largest users of food-grade recycled PET in the world, and the company is working to help reliably increase the supply needed to meet its packaging goals. In tandem with current suppliers and partners like The Recycling Partnership, Loop Industries, Alliance to End Plastic Waste and World Economic Forum's Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), PepsiCo is aiming to both increase recycling rates and improve the plastic recycling infrastructure.