Packaging is essential for Nestlé Waters to preserve product quality from source to consumer. The majority of our bottled water products are sold in PET, a fully recyclable and safe food packaging material.
Nestlé Waters is fully committed to improving the environmental performance of our packaging. We focus our efforts on PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the packaging material we use for most of our bottles, by 1) optimising our use of this material and by 2) engaging with others to improve the recovery of used PET bottles.
Focus on materials
- We proactively explore opportunities to use alternatives to virgin PET, notably recycled PET andbio-based PET
- Brands like Arrowhead, Resource and Montclair in North America use PET bottles that contain 50-100% recycled PET content.
- We support bio-based PET as an opportunity to move from oil-based PET to PET sourced from fully renewable sources. Nestlé Waters brands like Levissima in Italy are already using a percentage of bio-based PET in their bottles, while Nestlé Waters engages with others to understand and optimise the supply and environmental performance of this type of material.
- Weight reduction: Nestlé Waters has reduced the average weight of our packagingby nearly 9% over the last five years.
- Recyclable-by-design principles: We apply recyclable-by-design principles when developing new packaging, which includes avoiding the use of materials and/or compounds that could reduce the quality of recycled PET.
Focus on the end-of-life of PET bottles
- PET is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled plastic material.
Used PET bottles are are source, not a waste. The value in each bottle must be maintained by collecting, recycling and reusing them in secondary applications, like bottle-to-bottle and the textile industry.
- Nestlé Waters recognises that PET bottles ending up as waste is a challenge for the beverage industry. We therefore work with other stakeholders, including municipalities, NGOs, waste management and recycling organisations, the private sector, etc., to improve the recovery of empty PET bottles. For example, in Manitoba, Canada, Nestlé Waters co-founded the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA), a not-for-profit organisation committed to reaching the Government target of recovering 75% of beverage containers sold inManitoba. The CBCRA has focused on improving PET bottle collection in public spaces and expects to meet its 75% recovery target by the end of 2016.