March 21, 2011

Battle of the bioplastic bottle

I am still working on the Weekly News Roundup but in the meantime there is an interesting and very lively discussion going on in one of LinkedIn's group that I joined regarding PepsiCo's recent announcement of its plans to use 100% plant-based polethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle.

PepsiCo said that its "green" bottle is made from raw materials such as switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. In the future, the company expects to expand its raw material sources such as orange peels, potato peels, oat hulls and other agricultural food by-products.

Pepsico plans to pilot produced the new bottle next year and intends to move directly to full-scale commercialization once the pilot scale is successfully operated.

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