PepsiCo is focused on delivering sustainable long-term growth while leaving a positive imprint on society and the environment. The company does this through its global principle called Performance with Purpose, which positions PepsiCo for long-term success and ingraining sustainability into its daily business operations.
Through this global commitment, PepsiCo focuses on transforming its portfolio and offering healthier options, while making its food systems more sustainable in order contribute solutions to the shared challenges that we all face.
One of PepsiCo’s global Performance with Purpose goals is to strive to achieve zero waste to landfill in direct operations through efficient and responsible waste management by 2025. Currently, the company recycles 96 per cent of waste from its manufacturing operations.
The company also aims to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by at least 20 per cent by 2030 and improve water usage efficiency in its operations by 25 per cent by 2025 vs 2015. PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand is on track to achieve this goal in 2018, well ahead of plan.
“Locally we are signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) and we work closely with our packaging suppliers to continuously optimise packaging structures and materials,” said Janine Cannell, national environment manager at PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand.
“We have worked on reducing the chip bag end seal, which saves on source materials and have also optimised film gauge and bag size across our snacks packaging.
“At PepsiCo, we formalise waste reduction and business efficiency initiatives with a dedicated Performance and Productivity Team, and we have implemented global project tracking databases and rigorous annual improvement targets.
“We recognise the importance of closing the loop and have maximised recycled content in our corrugate cardboard packaging – which is more than 70 per cent of our total packaging – to ensure that it contains more than 98 per cent recycled content.”
The company recently partnered with REDcycle to promote recycling of soft plastic packaging via the supermarket collection system. PepsiCo also partnered with Schweppes and reduced the plastic in its 600mL bottles from 26.5g to 20.7g. For its snacks portfolio, over the past three years, film gauge and bag size optimisations delivered a saving of more than 55 tonnes of plastic film and 25 tonnes of corrugated board.
“Over the past year we have been working on a comprehensive design review of our whole packaging portfolio to reduce source material and optimise transport efficiencies for the packaging system,” Cannell said.
“By 2025, we have set a goal to design 100 per cent of our packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable, increase recycled materials in our plastic packaging, reduce packaging’s carbon impact, and in partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation, work to increase recycling rates.
“We are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact and we will continue to roll out design improvements. While doing so, we believe we will pave the way for PepsiCo’s future growth.”