We're Striving to build a World Where Plastics Need Never Become Waste
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% of the great ocean garbage patch 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–nearly 396 million metric tons were produced in 2016 alone. Of those produced each year, less than 14 percent are effectively recycled. And the plastic waste that is not recycled can take a minimum of 450 years 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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Location: Latin America
In March 2018, PepsiCo announced the launch of "Recycling with Purpose," a circular economy model that promotes recycling across Latin America and the Caribbean.
The launch will focus on a new consumer incentive and rewards program in alliance with ecoins, an initiative that was founded in Costa Rica that aims to increase the collection of PET materials. The program allows consumers to exchange their plastic materials for ecoins, a virtual currency, which they can use to earn discounts on a variety of products and services.
Location: Southeast Asia
PepsiCo has invested in Circulate Capital, the investment management firm dedicated to incubating and financing companies and infrastructure that prevent ocean plastic, to help create, reimagine and realign the entire ecosystem that generates and remediates ocean plastic pollution. PepsiCo joined Circulate Capital as the very first funder because we share their vision to develop a circular economy in which we can take old plastics and turn them into a new, reusable resources for future materials. Procter & Gamble, Dow, Danone, Unilever and The Coca-Cola Company are also investors of Circulate Capital.
With its customizable options, SodaStream empowers consumers to personalize their preferred beverage in an environmentally friendly way and provides PepsiCo with a significant presence in the at-home marketplace. PepsiCo's acquisition of SodaStream allows both the corporation and its new brand the ability to accelerate progress on the shared goal of curbing plastic waste and building a more sustainable future.
PepsiCo announced a new goal to strive to use 25 percent recycled content in its plastic packaging by 2025. PepsiCo aims to achieve this goal by collaborating with suppliers and partners, helping to increase consumer education, fostering cross-industry and public-private partnerships, and advocating for improved recycling infrastructure and regulatory reform, all of which are required to realize our ambition. The goal includes an aim specific to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles to achieve 33% recycled PET content by 2025.
Location: United States
Loop Industries, Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic and PepsiCo have entered into a multi-year supply agreement that will enable PepsiCo to purchase production capacity from Loop’s joint venture facility in the United States and incorporate Loop™ PET plastic, which is 100% recycled material, into its product packaging by early 2020.
Biotechnology leader Danimer Scientific and PepsiCo announced an agreement that includes development of Danimer Scientifics’ biodegradable film resins to meet the sustainable flexible packaging requirements of PepsiCo’s global food and beverage business.
This material is currently in pilot in Chile under PepsiCo's Artesanas brand, and it has also been used in the United States and in India.
Location: United Kingdom
In the UK, PepsiCo and partner Terracycle launched the country’s first nationwide recycling program for flexible films packaging with a network of recycling drop-off points enabling used bags to be collected and converted into everyday items like benches and flower pots. A similar scheme has also been launched by PepsiCo in Australia.
Location: United States
Built to reflect how people drink water today, the new hydration platform from PepsiCo is a connected ecosystem that responds to the rise in consumption of low-and-no-sugar drinks as well as heightened focus on plastic's effect on the environment.
PepsiCo, Loop, and other companies are piloting a new system of high-quality packaging that can be returned and refilled again and again.
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.
The Recycling Partnership is a grassroots organization with the goal of increasing curbside recycling rates across the U.S. through residential home bin placement.
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.
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.
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.
PepsiCo is a partner of Carbios, a company pioneering new, bio-industrial solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers.
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.
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.
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.