In an attempt to bring more environment friendly packaging for its products, Pepsico has announced that it will be replacing plastic bottles for its Aquafina water brand. In the coming weeks, the company will be offering aluminum cans in food service outlets across the U.S. as the company continues to test the move in retail stores.
Pepsico’s latest move comes as the company has faced criticisms for a long time regarding its reliance on the plastic. As a result, Pepsi will move to aluminum due to its recyclability. The company said that the change will eliminate its reliance on over 8,000 metric tons of virgin plastic and 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
Talking about the latest changes, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta said that eliminating the company’s dependency on plastics was one of his top priories. He said, “As one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, we recognize the significant role PepsiCo can play in helping to change the way society makes, uses, and disposes of plastics. We are doing our part to address the issue head on by reducing, recycling and reinventing our packaging to make it more sustainable, and we won’t stop until we live in a world where plastics are renewed and reused.”
In order to achieve this goal, company will offer canned Aquafina water to test the viability of recyclable materials. Afterwards, the company will use 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025. As Pepsico is one of the largest users of PET bottles, it is currently working with suppliers to meet the packaging demands.