MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO (July 14, 1 p.m. ET) — PepsiCo Beverages Canada said it has constructed North America's first soft drink bottle made from 100 percent recycled PET.
Creating a bottle made from 100 percent recycled plastic for soft drinks is more challenging than creating a bottle for noncarbonated beverages, PepsiCo said, because of the stress on materials from carbonation pressure.
The company now uses an average of 10 percent recycled PET in its primary soft drink bottles in Canada and the United States. The company said in a July 13 news release that it plans to increase the use of bottles made from 100 percent recycled PET.
Using more recycled PET will reduce the amount of virgin plastic the company uses by about 6 million pounds over the course of a year, PepsiCo said.
The bottle will be made in multiple PepsiCo manufacturing facilities across Canada. The company said it invested $1 million in production enhancements in its facilities, including resin handling and inspection systems.