As part of its sustainable packaging journey to ensure packaging never becomes waste, PepsiCo has become the first beverage company to commit to a North American roll-out of paper-based solutions to replace plastic rings across multipacks.
PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) on 24 August announced the new paperboard designs that will begin to roll out in a phased, regional approach in the US later this year. This builds upon PepsiCo’s progress in Canada where the transition to paperboard is beginning to roll out.
PepsiCo will use paperboard wraps and paperboard clips for its multipacks in place of traditional plastic rings. This conversion to more sustainable packaging will include brands such as Pepsi, Pepsi Zero, MTN DEW, Starry, Gatorade, among others. It will also include 7Up in Canada. The new packaging is easy to implement on shelf for customers, has consumer-friendly branded-design, is made from recycled materials and is recyclable.
The company says this innovation will drive progress toward PepsiCo’s ambitious PepsiCo Positive goals to reduce virgin plastic from nonrenewable sources per serving across our global beverage and convenient foods portfolio by 50% by 2030.
As a result of this transition, PepsiCo is expected eliminate millions of pounds of plastics from its packaging in North America over the coming years while continuing to enable packaging circularity.