Tell Tropicana Juices to Stop Using Plastic Bottles

Tell Tropicana Juices to Stop Using Plastic Bottles

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Paul Kay started this petition to PepsiCo

The world is awash in waste plastic, which ends up in the great north Pacific garbage patch. Plastic does not biodegrade but disintegrates into microparticles, which are found everywhere on the planet. Single-use plastics, made from petroleum, are wasteful of a non-renewable resource and as well contribute to  global ecological and climate change problems.
 
Pepsico is now marketing its Tropicana juices (and other brands) in plastic containers, replacing the cardboard cartons that had been used for many years. A prominently displayed FAQ page makes many points about the change, most specious.
 
The new packaging “allows you to see the freshness of the juice inside!” (emphasis in the original) . This, it is claimed, is the desire of “fans and juice consumers”.  The best-by date that was stamped on the cartons served perfectly well as an indicator of freshness. Were the marketing focus groups polled on any environmental concerns?
 
Pepsico has committed to reducing use of plastics. Tropicana jugs are single-use containers, inviting waste rather than reduction. Pepsico is working at cross purposes, replacing non-plastic containers with plastic ones while claiming it is committed to reducing plastic use. It appears Pepsico is counting on consumers’ recycling for it to meet its pledge. The PET plastic of these juice containers is recyclable. As important as recycling is, the real solution to the world’s plastics problem is to reduce their use.
 
Pepsico claims that last year it has “invested more than $51 million in partnership efforts to improve recycling infrastructure and education around the world”. That large-sounding number is, however, barely one-half of one per cent of the company’s net earnings
 
A corporation such as Pepsico would undertake such a major change only if it had positive economic value to the bottom line. The responsibility and costs for handling the burden created by this additional use of plastic is passed on to consumers and their local governments.
 
Join me in telling Pepsico, “Plastics? How Dare You!” Demand that Tropicana give up the plastic jugs and return to cardboard cartons. Demand that Pepsico live up to its environmental commitment to reduce plastic use.

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