PepsiCo to eliminate plastic rings on beverage multipacks across U.S. and Canada

As part of PepsiCo’s pep+ sustainable packaging journey to ensure packaging never becomes waste, the company is believed to be one of the first beverage companies to commit to a North American roll out of paper-based solutions to replace plastic rings across multipacks that have traditionally used plastic rings.

PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) announced the new paperboard designs that will begin to roll out in a phased, regional approach in the US later this year. This builds upon PepsiCo’s progress in Canada where the transition to paperboard is beginning to roll out.

The company says it will use paperboard wraps and paperboard clips for its multipacks in place of traditional plastic rings. This conversion to more sustainable packaging will include brands like Pepsi, Pepsi Zero, MTN DEW, Starry, Gatorade, amongst others. It will also include 7Up in Canada. The new packaging is easy to implement on shelf for customers, has consumer-friendly branded-design, is made from recycled materials and is recyclable.

This innovation will drive progress toward PepsiCo’s ambitious pep+ goals to reduce virgin plastic from non-renewable sources per serving across our global beverage and convenient foods portfolio by 50% by 2030. As a result of this transition, PepsiCo says it will eliminate millions of pounds of plastics from its packaging in North America over the coming years while continuing to enable packaging circularity.

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