Coca-Cola and PepsiCo's rivalry is age-old. No matter which side you support in the Cola Wars, the latest race benefits us all and the earth we call home.
For both beverage firms, sustainability has been a top priority over the past few years, and a big part of the drive is reducing plastic waste.
Coca-Cola has long held the lead in this market, especially after making a significant announcement in late July.
PepsiCo, however, has significant environmental objectives of its own, and one of the company's most recent investments attempts to make progress in this area.
The largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of Pepsi products, Pepsi Bottling Ventures (PBV), has lately announced intentions to invest $35 million in an expansion project for one of its Winston-Salem, North Carolina, production plants.
The facility will get a new bottling line that will not only expand production of well-known brands like Lipton Tea and Aquafina, but also enable bottle production using entirely recycled materials.
Similar to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo has tested the distribution of 100% recycled PET beverage bottles in a number of European areas. The business will move closer to its global objective with this U.S. facility update.
Pepsi has committed to having 100 percent of its packaging in the globe be recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by 2025, in addition to selling a greater proportion of its products in bottles manufactured only from recycled plastic.
These programmes are consistent with PepsiCo Positive, or pep+, "the business's strategic, end-to-end change that places sustainability and human capital at the centre of how it will create growth and value," according to the firm.
The initiative strongly emphasises the transition to more ecologically friendly bottles and packaging, regenerative agriculture, water conservation, and, of course, greenhouse gas emission reduction.
Coca-most Cola's recent sustainability initiatives included switching from green to clear bottles for its iconic products including Sprite, Fresca, and Mello Yello. This was done to increase usability in the future.