Pepsi MAX launches ‘Nothing tastes better than a 100% recycled bottle’ campaign

David Murphy

Pepsi MAX has launched a campaign to highlight the brand’s switch to 100 per cent recycled plastic for its single serve (500ml and 600ml) bottles. The ‘Nothing tastes better than a 100% recycled bottle’ campaign, will run across TV, digital, social, out of home and in-store. It aims to help shift consumers' mentality towards making more sustainable decisions by illustrating that drinking from 100 per cent  recycled bottles, and then recycling them after use,  can help to reduce plastic waste, while still offering maximum taste.  

Set to the sound of ‘Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone, the TV ad shows the last drop of a bottle of Pepsi MAX being poured into a glass. The actress then proceeds to drink from the empty bottle instead of the glass, with the ad ending on the strapline: ‘Nothing tastes better than a 100% recycled bottle’.

“At PepsiCo we aspire to a world where packaging never becomes waste. However, we’re aware that to achieve this, we need to not only ensure we’re using recycled bottle packaging, we also need to encourage our customers to recycle plastic bottles to help us do it,” said PepsiCo West Europe Beverages Senior Marketing Director, Cathy Graham Kidd. “We wanted to ensure our ad campaign was representative of this ambition, and one which would stop consumers in their tracks and provoke them to think about the bottle, and not just the cola inside. We hope ‘Nothing tastes better than a 100% recycled bottle’ helps even more bottles get recycled in the UK.”

Pepsi MAX has partnered with charities Keep Britain Tidy and Recycle Now to fund donations through Good-Loop, a purpose-powered ad tech platform that converts people’s attention into donations to good causes around the world. The design of the Good-Loop player was created specifically for the campaign and will inform viewers that by watching the video they'll unlock a donation to the chosen charity partners – for every £1 spent on media, 50 per cent will go to charity.

The campaign forms part of PepsiCo’s commitment to drive progress towards a circular economy and reduce plastic waste. In October 2020, the company announced it will use 100 per cent recycled plastic for all its ready-to-drink beverages in Great Britain by the end of 2022.