Study Shows Consumers Favor Sustainability in Products & Packaging
The Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) recently released its annual consumer research study showing growing consumer demand for products made from renewable and sustainable materials. In general, the study found 61% of consumers are more interested in companies who produce or use plant-based products. At the same time, 65% of consumers “sometimes, frequently or always think about products made from plants when making purchasing decisions.”
Big brands call for global pact to cut plastic production
International brands including Coca Cola and PepsiCo called on Monday (17 January 2022) for a global pact to combat plastic pollution that includes cuts in plastic production, a key growth area for the oil industry. World officials will meet at a United Nations Environment Assembly conference (UNEA 5.2) later this year to negotiate a treaty to tackle a plastic waste crisis that is choking landfills, despoiling oceans and killing wildlife.
PepsiCo Europe to Lower GHG with Renewable Plastic
PepsiCo Europe announced that by 2030 it plans to eliminate virgin fossil-based plastic in all its crisp and chip bags, which could lower GHG by an estimated 40% per ton of packaging material by switching to fossil-free material. The goal will apply to brands including Walkers, Doritos, and Lay’s and will be delivered by using 100% recycled or renewable plastic in its packets. The consumer trials of the packaging will begin in European markets in 2022, starting with renewable plastic in a Lay’s range in France in the first half of the year. Later in 2022, a range from the Walkers brand in the UK will trial recycled content.