The next time you fill up your fountain drink at the baseball game, see if the following message is printed on your cup: “Wow, Our Cups are Fully Recyclable.” If so, you’ve got your hands on one of PepsiCo’s new eco-friendly cups.
The food- and beverage-maker today unveiled its new line of recyclable and compostable fountain drink cups for quick-service restaurants, stadiums, theme parks and universities. The five new cup options will allow these restaurants and large venues to choose the cup that can be accepted by their local recycling and composting programs.
The three clear plastic cup options include a cup made from 20 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. The other two plastic cups are made from plastic #1 PETE or plastic #5 PP. All three plastic cups are recyclable, depending on local recycling services, and Pepsi says that the #1 PETE cup should be recyclable at any facility that accepts #1 PETE, a commonly recycled plastic.
The new line of earth-friendly cups also includes two compostable cups: one made from wax and other made from polylactic acid (PLA). The plant-based materials used to produce the compostable cups are sourced from sustainably managed forests, the company says.
The company says it developed the line of eco-friendly fountain drink cups in response to growing consumer demand for more sustainable beverage packaging, especially among college students.
Editor’s Note: Earth911′s logo appears on Pepsi’s new cup to encourage consumers to recycle. This was a paid partnership.