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Dr Pepper Snapple conserves 60.7 million lb of PET

In DPSG’s 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, the company celebrates its goal of reducing its PET usage by 60.7 millon lb since 2007.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report highlighting its progress toward its five-year goals.

Among the highlights of the report, the company announced that it has met and exceeded one of its packaging-related environmental sustainability goals by conserving 60.7 million pounds of PET through lightweighting and packaging redesigns since 2007. Says the report, “Our successes in the lightweighting of our packaging continue to drive reductions in the use of PET plastic. Our leadership position in bringing the ‘1881 Standard’ finishes and closures to the market has lightweighting benefit, and we continually investigate new technology and supply options for lowering our PET use. We still offer the lightest 2-liter bottle in the industry, a distinction of which we are proud.”

In 2013, the report notes, DPSG reduced its PET usage by approximately 14.5 million pounds, which enabled it to surpass its goal of conserving 60 million pounds of PET. “These results will improve even further as we continue to seek opportunities to redesign and lightweight our packages and explore options for incorporating more post-consumer recycled PET into our packaging,” the report says.

DPSG is also looking at ways to increase the recycling of its packaging, through work with industry organizations such as the American Beverage Assn. and Keep America Beautiful.

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