Juiced on plastics

Plastic is the beverage industry’s best friend.

Despite the ongoing hoopla on bisphenol-A and plastic bottle pollution, the beverage industry would rather have the cheaper and more energy-efficient plastic than using glass bottles. Manufacturers are instead assuring consumers that their plastics are recyclable, BPA-free, and soon, some will even be biodegradable.

Healthy beverage company Fuze resorted to using PET plastics instead of its usual glass bottles. Fuze said its number 1-assigned plastic bottles can be recycled into fiberfill for winter coats, sleeping bags, life jackets, other plastic bottles, etc.

Pepsi is touting a greener beverage plastic bottle by reducing their size by 20%. Pepsi says its lighter 500ml non-carbonated beverage bottle will eliminate 20m lbs. of waste from the environment.

The UK’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), meanwhile, is targeting half of its milk packaging to come from recycled materials by 2020, according to a report from Plastics and Rubber Weekly. 80% of UK’s 6.5bn milk sold in retail is in plastic containers, the article said.

Leading bottling companies are looking at biodegradable PET bottles as their next green step, according to bioplastic producer Diamant Art Corp. The company says its proprietary bottling additive technology enables the biodegradability of PET bottles.

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