Nestlé Waters prioritises sustainability with Henniez bottles
Nestlé Waters has announced that its Swiss Henniez mineral water bottles will now be made from 75% recycled PET plastic, as opposed to the previous 30%. The brand has also stated that this is an intermediate step: Nestlé aims to move the whole range to 100% recycled PET (rPET), in stages.
Henniez is now one of the Swiss mineral waters with the highest rPET content in its bottles.
The recycling process of PET is long and complex but worthwhile: the environmental benefit is 50%, with savings of 138,000 tons of CO2 and 43 million litres of crude oil.
During the process, each individual plastic flake has to be checked with a laser, and only when the laboratory gives the green light can the recycled material be processed into new bottles within the closed bottle cycle. In order for old PET beverage bottles to be reproduced, the groupage must be very clean, i.e. free from other packaging such as milk or shampoo bottles, but also from colored PET bottles.
The highest quality, hygiene and safety standards apply throughout the recycling process; Swiss rPET is considered one of the purest in the world. In Switzerland, over 82% of all PET bottles are recycled. Thanks to the closed rPET bottle cycle, valuable raw materials can be kept in Switzerland and jobs created in the green economy.
Alessandro Rigoni, director of Nestlé Waters Switzerland, commented (translated): “When converting to recycled PET, we proceed step by step to ensure that long-term enough Swiss rPET is available in perfect quality. With the use of 75% rPET in all of our Henniez bottles, we are clearly committed to this highly efficient circular economy. Thanks to the recycling system, 3 new bottles can be produced from 4 Henniez bottles sold, with an environmental benefit of 50%. We are proud to make an important contribution to the PET Recycling Switzerland system.”
Nestlé Waters also recently announced that it would allocate more than CHf 1.5bn to pay for recycled food grade plastics between now and 2025.