PepsiCo boosts supply chain with 30,000 ‘sustainable’ pallets

UBQ Materials has developed an advanced conversion technology, patenting the world’s first bio-based thermoplastic (UBQ) made entirely of unsorted household waste.

PepsiCo has also expanded on the initial logistics pilot, ordering 30,000 more shipping pallets made with UBQ.

These pallets also feature recycled PP resin and recycled BOPP – the plastic film used in the company’s snack packaging – to complete the circular economy cycle.

The food and drink giant is deepening its collaboration with UBQ in additional categories across the supply chain – new Lay’s Chips displays will be made in part with UBQ substituting conventional oil-based plastics.

David Schwartz, VP, PepsiCo Labs, said: “Our goal is to transform our entire supply chain to tackle the sustainability challenges the world faces. UBQ Materials’ waste-based thermoplastic reduces landfill waste, prevents emissions, and takes us towards circularity, which is why we are working towards scaling the use of UBQ™ globally.

Albert Douer, co-chief executive and chairman of UBQ Materials, added: “We are eager to extend the implementation of our advanced material into new products and markets.

“PepsiCo Labs plays a critical role in supporting Pep+, prioritizing innovations that minimize the company’s environmental impact. The climate crisis demands immediate action, and this collaboration is one example of how corporations can make significant change through simple substitutions.”

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