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Q: I've seen reports in the news about beverage bottles that contain a material called Bisphenol-A (BPA). Do Pepsi's bottles contain BPA?
A: The vast majority of Pepsi's plastic bottles are made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate). A few of our products are packaged in a plastic called High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is a multi-layered material. Please be assured that all of these plastics do not contain BPA and are perfectly safe for consumption.
Providing our consumers with easy-to-use, convenient and innovative containers is one of our top priorities. Package introductions we've made over the years include the industry's first two-liter bottle; the first company to respond to consumer preference with lightweight, recyclable, plastic bottles; The Cube, an easy-to-store 24-pack; Big Slam, the wide-mouth one-liter bottle; as well as our three-liter bottle, designed to provide consumers with extra value (not all products and packaging is available in all markets).
Our local bottlers, many of which are privately owned, franchise operations, make all packaging decisions. Most of our bottlers are following the industry-wide trend to use plastic packaging due to environmental considerations. The industry is now making greater use of fully recyclable aluminum cans and PET plastic bottles.
More information on the Pepsi-Cola environmental commitment, including its packaging initiatives, can be found in our Community Information section under Environmental Support and Recycling.
The "CUBE" is a new innovative 24-can Pepsi multipack. It was dubbed the "CUBE" by consumer focus groups, which are a small test market population that's invited by Pepsi-Cola to give the company feedback before the introduction of a new package or product. The consumer focus groups Pepsi used for this product coined the name the "CUBE" and it stuck!
Polyethylene terephthalate, or "PET plastic," is a form of polyester used to make strong, lightweight, shatter-resistant bottles for soft drinks, water, juice and other non-food products. Bottles made from PET plastic, which are marked with the number one code on the or near the bottom of the bottle, are recyclable into products including new containers, fiberfill for sleeping bags and coats, fabric, carpet, auto parts, film and more.