Plastic waste management is a growing concern across the globe, with plastic drinking straws identified as a major contributor to this problem.
Martin Neethling, PepsiCo sub-Saharan Africa chief marketing officer explains, “A major challenge with plastic straws is that they are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter and therefore difficult to recycle. The only way to tackle this problem is to move away from plastic straws altogether. Hence Ceres’ introduction of eco-friendly straws for some of our juice packs.”
Effective September 2021, all Ceres 200ml packs will migrate from plastic straws to paper straws. Ceres believes that there is an opportunity to change how the world produces, distributes, consumes, and disposes of packaging in order to tackle the shared environmental challenges we face.”
Ceres also believes that we are the choices we make – not only do these choices lead to great juice, they also positively impact the lives of the brand’s consumers and the livelihoods of its farming communities and the environment.
This perspective speaks to PepsiCo’s dedication to constantly evolve its product portfolio in order to contribute to a more sustainable global food system and inspire people to make choices that are better for them and the planet.
Neethling adds that we are all aware that the pollution of our oceans is a contributor to climate change, a challenge which has been described as the greatest of our generation. “Corporates need to stand up and make a change. We cannot wait for tomorrow,” he concludes.
It is against this backdrop that Ceres will be hosting a round table discussion end September 2021 to mark International Coastal Clean-Up Day. The session – which will be chaired and facilitated by Craig Foster who produced and starred in the Oscar Award Winning documentary: My Octopus Teacher – will focus on the protection of our marine environment and encourage communities to get involved in clean-up efforts in their areas .
The public can watch a recording of the round table on Ceres’ Facebook and Instagram social media pages. #cerespaperstrawchallenge
Ceres Fruit Juices is the largest fruit juice packaging operation in Africa, with a first-class manufacturing facility and presence in five continents. In 2020 Ceres joined the PepsiCo family through the acquisition of Pioneer Foods by the global food and beverages company.
Produced in the Ceres Valley in the Western Cape, Ceres fruit juices feature a wide range of exotic, 100% pure fruit juice blends. All the juices are rich in vitamin C and contain no added sugar or preservatives. Ceres fruit juice provides the very best in natural goodness that Mother Nature has to offer, which is why they are renowned all over the world for their uncompromising quality.