PepsiCo has announced a £14million investment in new sustainable food packaging innovations that will eliminate 250 tonnes of virgin plastic from its supply chain each year.
As part of the move, the plastic outer packaging of Millions of Walkers 22- and 24-bag multipacks will be replaced with a new cardboard design that reduces the amount of virgin plastic used. After a successful trial with Tesco, the new and improved multipack outer packaging will be on shelves in all major UK supermarkets in the coming weeks.
Along with the new packaging design, PepsiCo has also invested in a new stretch film to wrap the pallets before they are distributed to retailers. This new film is produced using nanotechnology which puts tiny air bubbles in the film to reduce the amount of plastic used, while maintaining the same strength and stretch needed to protect the chips as they roll. travel to stores across the country.
Using this new technology will result in a 40% reduction in virgin plastic year over year, compared to the previous film. Reducing the amount of fossil fuel-based virgin plastic in shrink wrap will also reduce the company’s annual carbon emissions by 465 tonnes.
The investment marks a major step towards PepsiCo’s goal of eliminating fossil-based virgin plastic from its bags of crisps and snacks across Europe by 2030. In the UK, the company also plans to test new solutions, including recycled plastic packaging for snack bags. .
Simon Devaney, Sustainable Packaging Director, PepsiCo UK & Ireland, said: “We are constantly exploring new, scalable solutions and this investment marks an important step forward, enabling a significant reduction in virgin plastic in some of our best-selling ranges, while helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
“Reducing virgin plastic in our supply chain is a key part of our commitment to creating a world where packaging never becomes waste.”