Optimizing Packaging and Recycling

Packaging is the first contributor to our product environmental footprint, representing roughly 40% of GHG emissions and and roughly 48 % of non-renewable energy consumption for an average Nestlé Waters product in 2013. Packaging has also been the main area of focus for the overall reduction of these impacts. With 66 g CO2eq and 1.5 MJ (megajoules) per liter in 2013, GHG emissions and non-renewable energy impacts for the packaging phase have been reduced by 19 % for both indicators since 2008.

This achievement is the result of two key factors:

  • Reducing packaging weight
  • Increasing collection rates

Reducing Packaging Weight

Nestlé Waters has continuously reduced its total packaging weight over the reporting period. From 2009 to 2014, we have reduced our packaging weight by 14 %.

This accomplishment is largely due to our ongoing efforts to lighten the weight of the bottle. Through renovation programs at the PTC ( Nestlé waters R&D center )and in collaboration with packaging agencies, Nestlé Waters has engaged in developing new generations of bottles, caps, and labels, as well as secondary packaging solutions that offer a lighter weight without compromising quality (e.g. resistance during transport, solidity, permeability, softness).

When considering packaging weight reduction, another parameter to take into account is the evolution of our product mix.

The share of small individual bottles (0.5L and smaller) has rapidly grown to reach more than 40% of Nestlé Waters’ volume The 0.5L bottles, on average, still require a fraction more PET than a 1.5L bottle (when equated to 1L). On the other hand, we observe continuous reduction of glass material demand. Today, glass bottles are limited to only 3% of the company’s total volume.

total packaging weight evolution