The PET plastic used for bottled water can be recycled and is used in many new applications.
PET is 100% recyclable and transforms into what is called recycled PET, or r-PET.
R-PET is used in many different industries, including:
- Textiles: clothing, carpets, filling for duvets and pillows
- Building materials: insulation, flooring
- Car industry: plastic, filling for seats, baby seats
- Furniture: seating, bins, benches
- Non-food grade containers
Recyclable PET bottles and Footprint Impacts
The beverage industry has emerged as a new user of r-PET products in recent years. This is due to recent regulation approving r-PET for food contact.
Using r-PET saves amounts of energy and GHG emissions when compared to virgin PET. While some impacts are generated during the recycling processes, the overall impact is lower when compared to manufacturing virgin PET from crude oil.
Reports from NAPCOR (National Association for PET Container Resources) and PETCORE (PET Containers Recycling Europe) in 2010 highlight that there is a critical and increasing imbalance between supply and demand in the r-PET market, at the regional and global level.
Due to its low availability, use of r-PET by one industry is currently to the detriment of another.
Until a more balanced supply and demand for r-PET is achieved, Nestlé Waters will not consider use of r-PET for its own bottles as an environmental benefit or a strategic priority.
Nevertheless, it can be an appropriate response when there is an identified consumer demand.
Using r-PET for bottled water
A few of our brands have recently introduced r-PET bottles:
- LEVISSIMA in Italy
- RESOURCE in the United States (50% r-PET)
- ARROWHEAD in the United States (50% r-PET)
- MONTCLAIR in Canada (100% r-PET)
Nestlé Waters has prioritized increasing collection rates of PET bottles and recycling rates in order to increase r- PET availability.