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Pepsi Introduces First 100% Recycled PET Plastic Bottle

July 14th, 2011 · 3 Comments

EcoGreen 100 percent recycled PET bottle

PepsiCo Beverages Canada yesterday announced the introduction of its 7UP EcoGreen bottle which the company says is the first beverage bottle in Canada and North America made from 100 percent recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic.

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Creating a 100 percent recycled PET bottle has proved quite a challenge to plastic recyclers for years — up until now, no one has successfully introduced such a container to the market. Developing a beverage container for carbonated drinks is particularly hard because of the “stress on materials from carbonation pressure.”

Apparently, PepsiCo Canada persisted on the research and development, and managed to produce the innovation after 3 years. According to Richard Glover, president, PepsiCo Beverages Canada:

“After three years of research and development, we have cracked the code to commercially develop a soft drink bottle made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic, and Canada has proudly led the way. Consumers want products and packaging that reflects their desire to protect the environment, and PepsiCo is committed to delivering on that with this kind of world-class innovation.”

On average, the company uses 10 percent recycled PET plastic for its beverage bottles in Canada and North America. Producing a high-quality food grade bottle — that’s 100 percent recycled and meets all the regulatory standards — is a major milestone for the company.

The EcoGreen bottle will be used in all 7up products starting next month and is expected to help reduce the amount of virgin plastic used by about 6 million pounds per year.

Read: PepsiCo Press Release

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Tags: Plastic Recycling · Recycling

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Recycling // Jul 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Considering the consumption of plastic bottles with these giant cola companies, a recycled product is doubly beneficial.

  • 2 LED tubes // Jul 30, 2011 at 12:45 am

    PET bottles are made up of recycled materials, but still, they are plastic bottles. We should be responsible for having these things.

  • 3 Plastic Recycling // Jul 31, 2011 at 2:43 am

    It’s always good to learn about new technologies in plastic recycling. I wonder if Coca-Cola is just testing these bottles in Canada and plan on introducing these bottles worldwide.