Pepsi will start selling canned water — but is it more environmentally friendly than plastic water bottles?

Pepsi is betting that it can quench your thirst just as effectively via cans rather than bottles. But will the beverage giant’s gambit pay off for the environment?

The company will begin packaging its Aquafina brand of water in aluminum cans for U.S. food service outlets next year. PepsiCo PEP, +0.56% will also test the aluminum cans with retailers, the company announced last week.

Additionally, Pepsi will no longer package its Bubly line of seltzers in plastic bottles; instead, the product will only be sold in cans. And its LIFEWTR line of bottled water will move to 100% recycled plastic packaging.

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