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[GreenYes] Fw: PEPSI: Beverage Container Waste
I received this response back from Pepsi regarding their use of recycled
content in plastic bottles. Perhaps other people on the list could write to
Pepsi and ask them to increase their recycled content. A friendly polite
email will probably receive a more positive response than a nasty email.


----- Original Message -----
From: Palmer, Elaine {PEP} <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2001 2:18 PM
Subject: Re: PEPSI: Beverage Container Waste

> Dear Mr. Randolph:
> Thank you for your e-mail/letter concerning Gatorade bottles, and the use
> of recycled plastic.  We appreciate the opportunity to set the record
> straight: There has not been any change in Gatorade's use of recycled
> content in its plastic bottles.
> In respect to your comments regarding the soft drink market, I'd like to
> share a little of our perspective.
> PepsiCo has a strong history of leadership in conserving the world's
> resources.  In the case of soft drink containers, our operations follow
> U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recommendations to "Reduce, Reuse &
> Recycle." In fact, soft drink bottles and cans remain the most recycled
> consumer packaging in the United States.  Source reduction programs--
> using less in the first place-- have dramatically reduced our use of
> materials.  Widespread reuse of aluminum cans and glass bottles has saved
> millions of pounds of materials and energy. We are still seeking a plastic
> bottle with recycled content that is more economical and sustainable.
> Currently, we promote the use of collected plastic soft drink bottles for
> uses such as making carpets, fiber, automotive parts, strapping and
> non-food bottles; and there is an active market for these products.
> Finally, we continue to review use of recycled plastic in our bottles and
> have no plans at this time to change the Gatorade bottle.
> Sincerely,
> Elaine Palmer
> Manager Corporate Information

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