Sustainable Food System
CIRCULAR FUTURE FOR PACKAGING
In an efficient food system, packaging helps make safe, high-quality products accessible to all, extending shelf life and helping to limit food waste. But, for it to have a role in a more sustainable food system, we must eliminate packaging waste.
In 2018, plastic represented just under half of the total packaging material PepsiCo used, with aluminum, glass and fiber making up most of the balance. In that year, we used 2.3 million metric tonnes of plastic to package products throughout our food and beverage portfolio. While plastic offers a highly effective, lightweight packaging material, producing petroleum-based plastic is a carbon-intensive process and, globally, only 14 percent of what is used is collected for recycling. The rest becomes waste. Where it is disposed of irresponsibly or where waste management is ineffective, it litters our communities and pollutes our oceans.
We have set an ambitious target to reduce 35 percent of virgin plastic use across our beverage portfolio by 2025. Progress will be driven by the increased use of recycled content and alternative packaging materials. Across PepsiCo’s business and our brands, we’ve made it a business imperative to help build a circular future for packaging and a world where plastics need never become waste.
In Australia, we partner with REDcycle to encourage consumers to recycle their chip packets and other soft plastics. REDcycle converts soft plastics into a range of sturdy products from fitness circuits, outdoor furniture bollards and signage. PepsiCo ANZ has made a commitment to purchase recycled-plastic products annually and donate these to parks, public places and schools. In Australia, 98% of our flexible packaging are recyclable through REDcycle.
We are also signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant. This initiative provides added tools and new ideas to further our progress in Environmental Sustainability.
Our Reports are available here:
Smith's and Sakata 2019 APCO Public Report
Smith's and Sakata 2019 APCO Action Plan and Annual Report
Learn more about our Packaging goals: Circular Future for Packaging