Nestlé has announced that the entire range of Buxton water bottles will be made from 100% recycled plastic by 2021.
Buxton Natural Mineral Water launched the 75cl and 1 litre bottles made from 100% recycled PET in November this year. Now, Nestlé has announced that the rest of the range, currently made with a minimum of 20% recycled plastic, will follow by the end of 2021.
The water bottles will not only be made from 100% recycled plastic, but they will also be 100% recyclable.
“The high-quality recycled material retains the same all-important properties as PET, resulting in a product that is lightweight, durable, resilient and still 100% recyclable,” said Michel Beneventi, Business Executive Officer for Nestlé Waters UK said.
He added that Buxton would have achieved this earlier, but it first had to overcome the challenge of using material of high-quality food grade.
“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,” Beneventi said.
Buxton is now working with industry parents, NGOs and government to improve the national recycling rate in an effort to make “a circular economy for plastics a reality”.
Earlier this year Nestlé laid out its goal of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Buxton is now ahead of this target.
“It is great that Buxton is taking this vital step,” said Anna Turrell, head of sustainability for Nestlé UK and Ireland. “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.
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