PepsiCo, in partnership with the Union of European Football Association, is finding innovative ways to achieve the goal of making UEFA Champions League Finals zero waste to landfill by 2026, through the power of its brands — Pepsi, Lay’s, Doritos and Gatorade. At the Women’s UCL Final at PSV Stadium in Eindhoven on June 3, and the UCL Final at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium on June 10, PepsiCo and UEFA are implementing circular economy practices centered around the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), to minimize the impact of football on the environment and drive resource efficiencies.
The fully recyclable, zero plastic and biodegradable fiber cups at the UCL Final will significantly reduce single-use plastic. Through Gatorade’s 5v5 global tournament, an annual five-a-side football competition for 14- to 16-year-old boys and girls, PepsiCo is also taking measures to implement carbon neutrality via recycling efforts, carbon offsets and sustainable clothing.
Thanks to PepsiCo’s reuse solutions, this year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League Final will be the first to implement returnable packaging for food and drinks. Fans can purchase drinks from 52,000 0.40-liter transparent cups, with a returnable deposit of €2. Along with cups, Doritos Nachos will be served in returnable trays throughout the stadium.
Likewise, in Istanbul, PepsiCo is partnering with TURN, the world’s leading scalable reuse system that capitalizes on smart technology to rid the planet of single-use plastic, to house 48,000 TURN smart cups and bin operations at Champion’s Festival sampling stands.
All PepsiCo food and beverage packaging supplied at events throughout the finals will be 100 percent recyclable. Additionally, Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium will include 220 recycling bins for diligent waste sorting post-event.
“As one of the world’s most respected food and beverage companies, PepsiCo is continuously aiming to use its reach and influence to change the way society makes, uses and disposes of packaging,” said Archana Jagannathan, chief sustainability officer Europe at PepsiCo. “We are honored to play a key role in both the men’s and women’s UEFA Champions League Finals. It is a privilege to use football as a vehicle to drive positive change on and off the pitch, whilst still providing fans with an unforgettable experience.”
“UEFA is delighted to continue the collaboration with PepsiCo to deploy circular economy practices across these two important Finals. Our actions are focused on finding and disseminating solutions applicable to football matches taking place across national associations, leagues and clubs in Europe to play our part in tackling environmental challenges,” said Michele Uva, social and environmental sustainability director, UEFA.