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PepsiCo doubles down on single-use plastics pledge

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Global soft drinks company PepsiCo has agreed to minimise its impact on single-use plastic waste by coming up with a new strategy.

The company will ramp up the use of reusable and refillable bottles or containers and prepare at-home beverage concentrates such as fountain drinks and those made from powder or drops. It will develop a goal-based system based on careful assessment of its capabilities, market opportunities, consumer preferences and other factors. 

PepsiCo said it will also increase its share of refillable/returnable beverage containers from 16 per cent to 25 per cent by 2030. Refillable bottles can be reused up to 40 times.

Conrad MacKerron, senior VP at non-profit organisation As You Sow said: “We appreciate the actions PepsiCo has already taken to reduce its use of virgin plastic and are pleased it is willing to review its operations and search for additional opportunities to reduce reliance on single-use plastic packaging.”

In September last year, PepsiCo announced it would cut virgin plastic per serving by 50 per cent across its global food and beverage range by 2030. It will also use 50 per cent recycled content in its packaging and will scale its SodaStream subsidiary business globally. 

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