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Did You Know That Plant-Based Bottles By PepsiCo and Coke Are Actually Not Biodegradable?

Green Lifestyle  (tags: greenwashing, environment, recycling )

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We badly wanted to believe that plant-based PET bottles would solve our plastic woes but that is not the case, according to a recent Slate story. Although PepsiCo's 100% plant-based PET bottles have a lower carbon footprint and use renewable sources Re

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Raluca Anghel (84)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 2:27 pm

. (1)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 2:39 pm
thanks, thought they were doing all they could, guess not

. (0)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 2:40 pm
Noted/thanks Kathy

Monica D (580)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 4:21 pm
We need more sustainable products. It's probably better not to drink commercial bottled drinks in the first place.

Monica D (580)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 4:21 pm
Eat fruit and vegetables instead - they come in their own natural, biodegradable packaging, and are good for us!

Ben O (170)
Monday June 20, 2011, 9:34 am
I never touch that piss...

Ben O (170)
Monday June 20, 2011, 9:39 am
Ever heard of recycling...???

Patricia W (94)
Monday June 20, 2011, 10:01 am
Thanks Kathy.
Even though there is recycling, thank goodness for these watchdog groups. In our everyday lives it's easy to be lulled into a false sence of security.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday June 20, 2011, 10:40 am
thanks for sharing!

Robert O (12)
Monday June 20, 2011, 12:49 pm
I for one did not know. Thanks Kathy.

Brenda Towers (0)
Monday June 20, 2011, 12:54 pm
Noted with disappointment.

Nuno Correia (18)
Monday June 20, 2011, 2:37 pm
Why don't you ask to return to glass bottles again!? Let's forget the weight thing. 20 years ago every liquid was glass bottles, and they are 100% recyclable... problem solved!
And there was no problem with not being recycled, just put a tax on every purchase, that is back into your wallet when you return the bottle! Simple, i think...

Pamela K (13)
Monday June 20, 2011, 4:12 pm
They may not be biodegradable but they are recyclable and they don't use petroleum products. That is a huge improvement. Perhaps biodegradable will come later.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 20, 2011, 5:22 pm
There Are plant-based plastics that Are biodegradable, which i feel the article should have acknowledged.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Monday June 20, 2011, 6:01 pm
It does not surprise me, just happy I never buy their products!

Susan Pernot (75)
Monday June 20, 2011, 6:53 pm
Not surprising

Kathy B (106)
Monday June 20, 2011, 7:14 pm
Yea, Ben, we pretty much all know about recycling, my point here was a little bit more about greenwashing. Not using oil is probably a good thing, but not being able to recycle it kind of stinks.

Returning to glass would be very nice. Considering how much oil goes into the making of plastic, I wonder how much of an issue the weight of glass really matters?

Many municipalities don't take plant based plastics in their recycling, so that might not be an option for some.

I don't know how long it takes 'biodegradable' plastics to degrade, but I've had some out in my backyard hidden among my vinca for at least 3 yrs. now, it doesn't seem to have degraded much.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 20, 2011, 7:18 pm
Because I never touch that artificial sugar-syrup gunk, I am unaware as to what they make the bottles from.

pam wilkerson (14)
Monday June 20, 2011, 8:24 pm
I love Pepsi, it's have been so many years. I wished they could turn back 20 years ago when they made the glass. Why not return bottle? I know people will still return bottle for what five cents or ten cent? It's better than having plastic bottles ending up in the dump.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 1:21 am
Thanks for the information

Lynne Buckley (0)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 5:23 am
Very disappointed to read this. Thanks for the article.

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 5:34 am
Thanks for the article.

Ben O (170)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 6:26 am
Here in Sweden we also have returnable glass bottles, the only kind I'm buying...

. (0)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 6:52 am
did not know this, thanks

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 8:52 am
Question: Which rules for the definition of plant based are in use right now? The reason I ask is that under the Oil Men Bush/Cheney Administration natural/organic/plant based included all petroleum products as by their definition crude oil is a natural plant product, which technically it is as it is plant material processed by nature over millions of years into a naturally occurring substance. You know the same logic that the Reagan Administration use to justify classifying Ketchup as a vegetable for school lunches.

L R (4)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 10:45 am
Hrmmm... noted!

Charlene Rush (2)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 12:45 pm
AND, who should be shocked?

Mary Carmen Gomez Vega (2)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 1:43 pm
That is not news, they are always , trying to brain wash us.....To hell with the devil.

Karen B (12)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 1:50 pm
Thanks for the info!

Elisabeth T (0)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 2:00 pm
Glad I don't drink that stuff. Will definitely share this article....

Valerie W (52)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 2:14 pm
Read & noted, thanks! That is why EVERYONE needs to recycle, instead of adding to the landfills! If your community doesn't offer recycling, demand it! Every place that sells these items should have a recycling bin right next to their trash bins. A lot of people, unfortunately, are just too lazy to collect & recycle. We all need to get involved to clean this planet up & make a difference.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 2:32 pm
This is something else something that reads as though it is good for earthe isn't that just means no matter where you go there you are.

. (0)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 2:51 pm
Truthfully, I never looked at the recycling number on a Coke bottle.Like Europe, who has not really adapted to plastic, maybe it's time we went back to glass.

Ray M (0)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 3:48 pm
Typical corporate ploy. Lie, cheat & steal should be their motto.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 5:54 pm
Another disappointment. What's new?

Edgar Zuim (47)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 6:54 pm
As always, the man only gets into trouble. Glass bottles are the best solution, as 10 years ago.

Patricia N (9)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 10:59 pm
I hardly ever drink Pepsi or Coke and when I do it's usually in an aluminum can which I throw in my recycle box. I also put all my plastic bottles and containers in the box. So all the things in that article would not be going to the dump to be buried anyway.

carlee trent (11)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 4:53 am

Bistra Staykova (4)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 6:54 am
Anyway, unhealthy drinks...

Elena Arutiunova (34)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 8:50 am

Carol H (229)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 9:46 am
noted, thanks Kathy

Carolyn C (0)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 10:06 am
Why am I not surprised?

Andrea Connelly (94)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 1:47 pm
In Montreal, unfortunately, recycling became a maffia business, and a big one. Picking up recyclable waste is done by contracting to different companies by the city. It can be a huge scheme. Some of these contractors were followed by investigators to prove that they just dumped all the stuff collected on a dump site for garbage.
Things are getting better but we should stay vigilant and not leave all to our state or municipal authorities.
After all, we pay for such services by our taxes.

M B (62)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 3:24 pm
Return to glass bottles is good for the enviroment.

Rodney P (3)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 3:26 pm
Keep buying stuff in glass bottles wherever possible. Kick the plastic and deceiving huge corporations.

Peter S (2)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 3:47 pm
That's terribly unfortunate. Hopefully Coco-Cola and Pepsi will come around; until then, I might have to look into supporting Naked Juice more...

Jacqueline Fonseca (29)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 4:14 pm
thank you for sharing the info! I buy more glass then plastic, and I'm slowly replacing plastic containers with glass..... I don't drink sodas, so I know that I don't add to this current problem, what about the other companies?

Joy M (169)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 5:35 pm
I don't drink soda, One good thing they do recycle, it's a start...

Hartson Doak (39)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 10:35 pm
Well this saves using oil.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 3:08 am
Noted thanks for sharing

Melissah C (389)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 3:31 am

Alice C (1797)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 4:22 am
Glass is the way to go. I like the days of the milk person that delivered daily and picked up the empty bottles to be recycled.

Alice C (1797)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 4:23 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kathy because you have done so within the last week.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 7:59 am
why is it so difficult to learn from nature, natural cycles

Sara T (3)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 11:48 am
I'm not surprised. Remember when we were promised that the new plastic grocery bags were also biodegradable. They lie!

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 12:02 pm
I know the guys who run Pepsi arent saints, I mean...look at the products they sell us, but to lie about something like this? And when they spend all that money on philanthropy? Whaaat?
I'm seriously dissapointed.

Karen E. (0)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 12:52 pm
We just need to charge a deposit on whatever type of container it is. Unfortunately a lot of people won't recycle unless they get hit in the pocket book. If there is a deposit, they are returned and can them be recycled and stay out of our land fills. The idea is the same as when cokes came in glass, everyone automatically put them aside to take back to the store for the deposit.

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 11:15 pm
not recyclable and not biodegradable?

bad news.

Krasimira B (175)
Friday June 24, 2011, 1:23 am
Not a fan of Pepsi & Coca.

Geri Brenia (0)
Friday June 24, 2011, 3:59 pm
If the whole wold is recycling, then why isen't Pepsi/Coke? This is not fair. I use to work for Pepsi. Somebody ought to give them a heads up on their wonderful plastic and what its doing to the environment. Majority of animals on land and sea are getting stuck in P L A S T I C.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 3:42 am
Thanks Kathy.

Danielle K (3)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 7:05 am
Actually in Germany people do use the deposit ('Pfand') technique of encouraging people to bring bottles back for recycling with a tiny cash-back incentive. It really works, and should be adopted elsewhere - it also makes you not take these things for granted...those pennies add up quickly!

Lori K (56)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 10:36 pm
I know! They make it seem like the bottles are compostable, but they are not! Isn't it sad?

Alicia N (87)
Wednesday June 29, 2011, 9:56 am

jane richmond (10)
Monday August 29, 2011, 11:41 am
noted thanks
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