Oh boy, where to even begin with this one. Pepsi-Cola unveiled a new “green” vending machine to
peddle sell their HFCS sugar water in plastic bottles. Greenwash, anyone? The machines are said to release a whopping 12% less greenhouse gasses than the previous models…but no one bothered to actually look at the product itself, only the machine giving it out. An article I read touted these new machines as more environmentally friendly than the other ones, but that’s like calling a 100 passenger jet more eco-friendly than one carrying 150 passengers. Neither one is really more eco-friendly than the other when you look at the numbers. Add in the fact that the new machines are really only a small part of the giant carbon footprint generated by soda, and these new machines barely make a difference.
A typical 12oz can of soda contains up to six grams (.013 pounds) of CO2 gas that is released each and every time one is opened. Billions upon billions of gallons are used to not only make the liquid you drink, but to also make the plastic packaging that is usually used only once and ends up in landfills for hundreds of years. One of our most precious resources, oil, is also used to make the plastic for holding the HFCS water inside. The carbon footprint of soda is pretty giant. So, while I am sure Pepsi will save money by using these new machines (otherwise, I doubt they would have invested in the technology, but who knows), I am not sure they are “green” or should be designated as such.
I will admit that I partake in the soda habit on occasion, for sure. But then again, I am not the one pretending it can be a green habit. 🙂
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