Fact: humankind’s current use of natural resources is putting stress on our environment. For this reason, stewarding resources for future generations has become a driving force at Nestlé Waters. Whether it be our packaging or our operations, we are committed to embedding sustainability in everything we do.
Packaging represents the largest share of our product environmental footprint. Polyethylene terephthalate, known as PET, is the packaging material we use for most of our bottles. While PET is 100% recyclable, more than half of all PET bottles worldwide are not collected for recycling source?. At Nestlé Waters, our priority is to minimize the environmental footprint of all our PET bottles. By applying recyclable-by-design principles to our bottles and working with the entire plastic value chain, we aim to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Our vision is that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter.
PET offers optimal protection of product quality. At Nestlé Waters, our priority is to minimize the environmental footprint of all our PET bottles through eco-design, increased use of sustainable resources - especially r-PET and bio-PET – and continuing research and innovation to develop new technologies.
At Nestlé Waters, we have been working with public and private stakeholders in countries where we operate to improve recovery and recycling of PET bottles. Consumers also have a key role play in helping recycling efforts by disposing of plastic bottles properly. We work to develop programs designed to raise consumer awareness that a PET bottle is a resource, not waste.
Whether in packaging, manufacturing, or distribution, Nestlé Waters looks for opportunities to reduce its environmental footprint. Our Global Environmental Footprint (GEF) tool allows us to both assess our impact in each area and report on our efforts using an ISO-compliant methodology. Today, GEF is recognized as one of the most comprehensive environmental measurement tools dedicated to the bottled water industry.
At Nestlé Waters, we believe that we can develop our business while having a positive impact on earth’s natural capital. To achieve this, we have made optimizing our environmental performance a corporate priority. To demonstrate this commitment, we use our GEF tool to provide clear, factual and open information on our performance.
To reduce the environmental footprint of our manufacturing operations, we have introduced a number of initiatives in our factories and established partnerships with local stakeholders. Furthermore, to help shape sustainable consumption, we are moving towards increased use of renewable energies such as biogas-generated electricity, solar, wind, and geothermal energy.
Transport has always been a key factor in the bottled water business. Nestlé Waters continues to demonstrate its commitment to decreasing its transport environmental footprint by reducing distance to consumers and promoting cleaner transport technologies.