Nestlé Waters takes being a good environmental steward very seriously. We adopt an end-to-end approach and, in addition to water, focus on packaging, transportation and manufacturing.
PET plastic, used to safely package the majority of our products, is 100% recyclable. We have reduced the weight of all our packaging by around 10% over the last five years. We are working to help improve the collection of empty PET bottles as they are resources for new uses if recycled. For example, Nestlé Waters and the Canadian beverage industry established Canada’s first permanent public spaces programme in Manitoba, which is on track to achieve a 75% recycling rate for beverage containers by December 2016. We also use 25% recycled PET in our Nestlé Vera brand in Italy.
We aim to use the transportation methods with the best environmental performance, while also working to optimise other factors, like distance. For example, we are using natural gas vehicles in Thailand and Italy and have increased to 70% the use of train for the distribution of our Vittel brand to our customer, Migros in Switzerland. Only two (Perrier and S.Pellegrino) of our over 51 brands are truly multinational, with 95% of the bottled water we produce being sold in the country of production, travelling an average distance of only 450km.
At our factories, we are committed to using renewable electricity and to achieving zero waste for disposal. Our Cristalp factory in Switzerland is using thermal energy from the water source for its energy requirements and over 50% of our factories are already zero waste to landfill.