PepsiCo to pilot first-ever plant-based, 100% compostable packaging in India

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NEW DELHI: PepsiCo India will enable 100% equivalent recovery and recycling of its plastic waste in the next few years. It will pilot first-ever plant-based, 100% compostable packaging in India.

Ahmed ElSheikh, President & CEO, PepsiCo India said, “As a responsible leader in the food and beverage industry, our Performance with Purpose 2025 goal is to design all packaging to be recoverable or recyclable, and support increased recycling of plastic waste. In line with reducing the impact of our packaging on the environment, we are committed to working with partners to leverage new technologies and developing sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging solutions.”

“We are happy to announce that PepsiCo will pilot the first-ever 100% compostable, plant-based packaging for Lay’s and Kurkure snacks products, this year. We are delighted that India will be among the first countries to pilot this new, sustainable packaging solution developed by PepsiCo. The new packaging is bio-based, made from plant-based material and is 100% compostable. We plan to launch this pilot in Q4 2018.”, he added.

On PepsiCo’s initiatives to address plastic waste:

PepsiCo welcomes the Indian Government’s focus on ‘Beating Plastic Pollution’ in a phased and sustainable manner. This World Environment Day, as we reaffirm our commitment to the environment, PepsiCo India will explore ways to scale up recovery and recycling, equivalent to 100% of our post-consumer plastic waste in the next few years.

“We have been working with government and other partners to enhance plastic waste management and increase ‘Recycling’ in the country. we worked closely with the Central Pollution Control Board to develop and successfully implement two pilot projects across 19 cities for collection, segregation, and recycling of post-consumer multi-layered packaging waste. Specifically, through our pilot in Gujarat with Nepra, PepsiCo recovered and recycled plastic waste equivalent to 100% of the multi-layered packaging waste generated by our snacks products in the state.”, Ahmed ElSheikh said.

“As part of our efforts to increase recycling, we have also successfully piloted a ‘Film to Fuel’ project at our Pune plant to convert all the packaging film waste from the plant, into fuel, ensuring 100% recycling of packaging waste at the plant.”, he added.

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