National Geographic : 2010 Apr
TAKING STEPS TOWARD REDUCING OUR WATER FOOTPRINT TO ZERO In the UK, our Walkers business has already reduced its water usage at their largest potato chip facility by a whopping 42%. Potatoes naturally contain a lot of water. We're now working to capture that moisture and use it to make our facilities there self-su cient for water, basically unplugged from the water mains. Instead of letting monsoon rains in India simply run o , we collect rain water from the roofs of our manufacturing plants and use it to rejuvenate surrounding aquifers. In other places, we create lakes and ponds to catch and store rain water. Meanwhile in the US, we began cleaning new Gatorade bottles with purified air, instead of rinsing with water. It works so well that we're spreading this and other conservation techniques to bottling plants around the world, saving billions of liters of water from going down the drain. We recognize water as a basic human right. It's also essential to our business. That's why our goal is to achieve positive water balance across all our businesses. For every liter of water we use, we intend to return one to the earth. Sound impossible? In 2009, we already did it across our PepsiCo India beverage operations. And India is just one step in our journey. TO SAVE WATER, WE STARTED BATHING WITH AIR WE'RE WASHING POTATOES' OUTSIDES USING WATER FROM THEIR INSIDES SOMETIMES THE SOLUTIONS JUST FALL OUT OF THE SKY BECOMING A POSITIVE WATER BALANCE COMPANY ©2010 PepsiCo, Inc.