Pepsi Unveils Plastic Bottle Made Entirely From Plants

plasticPepsi is trumpeting its creation of a plastic bottle made entirely from plant matter. Great — now we’ll be filling our landfills with plastic forever, even after we run out of oil. Via Gizmodo:

Soda’s bad for you, but plastics—especially the petroleum-based PET plastics used widely for bottles—are bad for everyone. Thankfully, after millions of dollars and years of research, Pepsi thinks it’s cracked the code on a 100% plant-based PET bottle.

It looks…just like the old bottle. “It’s indistinguishable,” says Rocco Papalia, PepsiCo’s senior vice president of advanced research. But instead of drawing from our planet’s diminishing supply of petroleum, it’s made entirely from plant waste—currently switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and eventually incorporating orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other materials leftover from its food business.

Pepsi’s going to test the bottle with a run of a few hundred thousand in 2012, and if all goes well they plan on converting all their products to the new bottles thereafter. It has the potential to be a huge shift not only of the beverage industry but for plastics altogether. “This is the beginning of the end of petroleum-based plastics,” said Natural Resources Defense Council senior scientist Allen Hershkowitz.

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  • Grooveboss

     pepsi unveils plants made entirely from plastic

  • Grooveboss

     pepsi unveils plants made entirely from plastic

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort

    Human ingenuity at its insidious best: Repackaging poisons for improved sales and profits.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort

    Human ingenuity at its insidious best: Repackaging poisons for improved sales and profits.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    For a second there, from the things they said they were making it out of I got excited and thought they were somehow making it out of cellulose…. guess not… chemical conversion to non-biodegradable plastics… hooray…

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    For a second there, from the things they said they were making it out of I got excited and thought they were somehow making it out of cellulose…. guess not… chemical conversion to non-biodegradable plastics… hooray…

  • Kevin

    I’d like to know how much energy is needed to create these bottles.  My guess it is that the energy needed relies heavily on petroleum. 

  • Kevin

    I’d like to know how much energy is needed to create these bottles.  My guess it is that the energy needed relies heavily on petroleum. 

  • http://twitter.com/hornetmontana Hornet Montana

    Read or listen to “The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink” (2010) by Michael Blanding. It makes the countless healthier (nutritionally and ethically) alternatives seem like no-brainers.

  • http://twitter.com/hornetmontana Hornet Montana

    Read or listen to “The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink” (2010) by Michael Blanding. It makes the countless healthier (nutritionally and ethically) alternatives seem like no-brainers.

  • http://twitter.com/onepercentofone Steven Madrigal

    Sooo…it’s still not bio degradable in any way? What’s the point? Try recycling that continent of floating plastic in the middle of ocean. 

    • Grooveboss

       thats decoration for the world biggest fish tank. but yeah not being biodegradable makes it lose  a lot of its value. So now instead of the middle easy they are going to the amazon or the northern forests for their supplies and that just seems even more evil

  • http://twitter.com/onepercentofone Steven Madrigal

    Sooo…it’s still not bio degradable in any way? What’s the point? Try recycling that continent of floating plastic in the middle of ocean. 

  • Grooveboss

     thats decoration for the world biggest fish tank. but yeah not being biodegradable makes it lose  a lot of its value. So now instead of the middle easy they are going to the amazon or the northern forests for their supplies and that just seems even more evil

  • Hadrian999

    honestly I could forgive almost any evil act committed by Pepsi if they would just go back to using real sugar

    • Grooveboss

       they just try to see whats the most they can get away with. softdrinks are so accepted that as long as it tastes ok they can put whatever they want into it. the consumer has the choice in their hands, but these days even tap water is out of wack and bottled water contributes to the plastic problem. I need to get a filter

  • Hadrian999

    honestly I could forguve almost any evil act committed by Pepsi if they would just go back to using real sugar 

  • Grooveboss

     they just try to see whats the most they can get away with. softdrinks are so accepted that as long as it tastes ok they can put whatever they want into it. the consumer has the choice in their hands, but these days even tap water is out of wack and bottled water contributes to the plastic problem. I need to get a filter

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  • http://www.vishalpet.com PET Preforms

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