Our commitment: Improve the environmental performance of packaging
By 2020 – Develop the next generation of our recyclable water bottles, with a lighter environmental footprint, made from post-consumer recycled or renewable materials.
Packaging provides a variety of functions, from preventing food waste and maintaining shelf life, to providing convenience and information for consumers. We take a holistic approach to designing our packaging, assessing environmental impacts across our entire life cycle. We aim for performance and functionality while optimizing weight and volume. As a result, we have reduced our materials purchased for packaging in the U.S. by 9% since our 2010 baseline. Our approach to packaging is aligned with The Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability, focusing on eco-design, optimizing weight and volume, use of renewable and recycled materials and recovery of used packaging. Improving the resource efficiency and environmental performance of our packaging is an ongoing priority across all of Nestlé’s operations in the United States and around the globe.
Having committed to increasing PET beverage bottle recycling rates to 60% by 2018, in 2015 Nestlé Waters North America launched its first 100% rPET bottle for RESOURCE® natural spring water in the United States made entirely of recycled plastic, excluding the cap and label. Nestlé Waters has a strong history of sustainable innovation and product stewardship advocacy, and the 100% rPET bottle aims to continue that legacy by increasing awareness of closed-loop recycling. In 2015, Nestlé Waters also announced plans to significantly increase recycled content in the most popular sizes of its ARROWHEAD® bottled water in California, in partnership with Los Angeles-based CarbonLITE Industries, one of the largest producers of post-consumer rPET in the world. The move will reuse about 18 million pounds of plastic a year.