Beverage firm PepsiCo has joined the NaturALL Bottle Alliance, a consortium of Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials formed last year.

The move is aimed to develop renewable and recyclable packaging bottles that reduce the carbon footprint of PepsiCo’s beverage containers.

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The NaturALL Bottle Alliance is currently engaged in designing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles made using bio-based materials such as recycled cardboard and sawdust. Once completed, the alliance intends to commercially launch the sustainable bottles to the entire food and beverage industry.

“PepsiCo is committed to reducing the carbon impact of packaging in line with our goal to reduce absolute emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% by 2030.”

PepsiCo’s vice-chairman and chief scientific officer Mehmood Khan said: “Producing PET from sustainable bio-based sources that do not diminish food resources and are fully recyclable is a great example of such innovation and an important contributor to PepsiCo’s sustainable packaging programme.

“Through our performance with purpose agenda, PepsiCo is committed to reducing the carbon impact of packaging in line with our goal to reduce absolute emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% by 2030; bio-based PET has the potential to reduce significantly the carbon footprint of our PET bottles, a huge contribution to our efforts in this area.

“We are excited to add PepsiCo’s research and development (R&D) capabilities to the Alliance and look forward to seeing what the combined efforts of the Alliance members can achieve.”

The NaturALL Bottle Alliance has released a report claiming that the consortium partners successfully produced samples of 80% bio-based PET at pilot-scale last year.

The partners selected a site in Sarnia, Ontario, and commenced construction of a demonstration-scale plant, which is expected to be fully operational by 2020.

Once construction is complete, the partners expect to produce 95% bio-based PET and subsequently achieve full commercial-scale.