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Pepsi Releases 100 Percent Plant-Based Bottle


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Pepsi Releases 100 Percent Plant-Based Bottle

In keeping up with the competition, Pepsi has unveiled its 100 percent plant-based bottle, defeating the brand's rival, Coca-Cola, in the sustainable packaging race. The latter brand's PlantBottle, which was released about two years ago, is only made of 30 percent plant materials, according to the website Triple Pundit.

Reportedly, when Coca-Cola released its bottle, 30 percent was the maximum that a package could be made from due to constraints set on recycling facilities. However, now they can handle products that are 100 percent plant based.

Pepsi plans on testing its new bottle, which is made entirely of materials including switch grass, pine bark and corn husks, with a batch of a few hundred thousand in 2012.

"This is the beginning of the end of petroleum-based plastics," said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council and director of its waste management project to NPR. "When you have a company of this size making a commitment to a plant-based plastic, the market is going to respond."