Friday 28th Feb 2020 - Logistics Manager Magazine

100% recyclable plastic for Buxton at Nestlé

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Nestlé is to use 100% recycled plastic for bottles of its Buxton water.

Products across the whole Buxton range will be made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET), while remaining 100% recyclable, by 2021.

The 75cl and 1 litre bottles made from 100% rPET were launched in November this year and the rest of the range, currently made with a minimum of 20% recycled plastic, will follow by end 2021.

Currently, the company has two bottles; a 75cl and a 1l, that are made from 100% recycled plastic, with the rest of the range consisting of 20% recycled plastic.

Anna Turrell, head of sustainability for Nestlé UK and Ireland said: “As a packaged goods company, we have a hugely important role to play in helping to address the amount of plastic produced in our industry and a collective responsibility to help shape a more sustainable future. We will continue to push the boundaries to address this challenge.”

Nestlé has said that 100% of its packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2025.

However Michel Beneventi, business executive officer for Nestlé Waters UK, said that the availability of a domestic UK supply of this material is still relatively limited.

“Today, the rPET used for our Buxton bottles has to be sourced outside of the UK, as we don’t currently have the infrastructure available at scale in this country to create volumes needed.

“We would love to be able to produce the bottles for our British water in the UK. Therefore, we’re working with industry partners, non-governmental organisations and government to improve the national recycling rate, supporting the UK-wide Deposit Return Scheme and engaging with consumers about their recycling to help make a circular economy for plastics a reality.”