The Associated Press March 15, 2011, 6:01AM ET

PepsiCo unveils 100 percent plant-based bottle

Remember the Cola Wars? Get ready for the Bottle Wars.

PepsiCo Inc. says it has created a new plastic bottle made entirely of plant material. It says its technology tops competitor Coca-Cola's similar bottle when it comes to reducing its carbon footprint.

The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Pepsi plans one day also to use orange peels, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business.

The new bottle looks, feels and protects the drink inside the same as its current traditional plastic bottles.

Coca-Cola Co. currently makes a bottle composed of 30 percent plant-based materials. It recently estimated it would be several years before it has a 100 percent plant-based bottle that's commercially viable.


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