Plastics


Plastics are all around us, from the packaging on the foods and beverages we consume, to the computer you use at work, and even make of the clothes we wear. They help make modern life possible, preserving the food we eat, making it easier to communicate, decreasing the risk of travel, and transforming medicine.

Yet, plastics have also taken a toll on the environment. Many things contribute to ocean plastics, for example, abandoned plastic fishing nets and gear like ropes and baskets make up more than 46%[1] of the great ocean garbage patch[2] that is often described as “larger than Texas.”

More than half of the plastics ever produced have been made in just the past 16 years[3]–nearly 396 million metric tons[4] were produced in 2016 alone. Of those produced each year, less than 14 percent[5] are effectively recycled. And the plastic waste that is not recycled can take a minimum of 450 years[6] to decompose.

This can seem like a daunting challenge--and it is--but the good news is, more and more, the world is coming together to help solve it. Across the globe, people, companies, non-profits, and governments are working together to rethink how we use, recover, and recycle these plastics.

At PepsiCo, we know we have a responsibility to help tackle this crisis and we’re striving to do our part to help build a world where plastics need never become waste. We’re pursuing a strategy of reducing, recycling and reinventing our plastic packaging – and want to play a leading role in changing the way we as consumers use plastics through partnerships with like-minded organizations.  

Read more about our sustainable plastics vision below.

 

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Our Sustainable Plastics Vision


We are working toward a circular economy for plastics.

At PepsiCo, we’re striving to build a world where plastics need never become waste. We share concern over the growing threat that plastic packaging waste poses to our communities and marine environments. As one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, we recognize the significant role we can play in helping to change the way society makes, uses, and disposes of plastics, and we are doing our part to help make sustainable plastics a reality.

Our sustainable plastics vision is rooted in three pillars: Reducing the amount of plastics we use; Recycling the plastics we bring to market; and Reinventing our plastic packaging.

We know it will take big ideas and even bigger goals to get there. So, we’re already hard at work. We committed to making 100% of our packaging recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by 2025, and we are striving to use 25% recycled plastic content in our plastic packaging by 2025.

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    Discover some of our key partners below and learn how you can help make an impact. 

    We are a founding partner of the Closed Loop Fund, which is investing $100 million by 2020 to raise recycling rates in the U.S., including through improved curbside recycling infrastructure and materials processing.

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    The Recycling Partnership is a grassroots organization with the goal of increasing curbside recycling rates across the U.S. through residential home bin placement.

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    How2Recycle is a simple on pack logo indicating in a clear and concise way, how to recycle each component of a package, with additional information on its website about local recycling resources and consumer education videos.

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    The Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas Alliance is an alliance joining industry, academia, and conservation thought leaders with a common goal of reducing the amount of plastic waste leaking into the ocean annually by 50% by 2025.

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    PepsiCo is an investor in the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a non-profit organization partnering with the finance community, government and civil society that has raised $1.5 billion to bring new ideas to end plastic waste.

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    PepsiCo is a partner of Carbios, a company pioneering new, bio-industrial solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers.

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    The New Plastics Economy is a global initiative that works to move towards a 70% recycling rate for all plastic packaging. This initiative, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, brings together industry, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientists, and students with the goal of building a more sustainable approach to plastics.

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    In January 2019, we announced a partnership with TerraCycle to launch a new initiative called Loop. The Loop initiative will pilot a model that delivers products in redesigned durable containers to consumers that will later be picked up to be cleaned and refilled.

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    The PepsiCo Foundation is the founding investor in Circulate Capital, which aims to catalyze investment in solutions to reduce ocean plastic pollution in South and Southeast Asia. The fund will finance initiatives that aim to improve on waste collection and processing.

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    1https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22939-w

    2https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/great-pacific-garbage-patch-plastics-environment/

    3http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/advances/3/7/e1700782.full.pdf

    4https://www.wwf.org.au/news/news/2019/wwf-releases-report-on-global-plastic-pollution-crisis#gs.5owqt5

    5https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/assets/downloads/EllenMacArthurFoundation_TheNewPlasticsEconomy_Pages.pdf

    6https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/coastal/trash/documents/marine_debris.pdf

    7Fhttps://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/take-deep-dive/stemming-the-tide/

    8https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/06/90-of-plastic-polluting-our-oceans-comes-from-just-10-rivers/