Here at Nestlé Waters North America we take a Life Cycle Analysis approach. We continuously evaluate our products and packaging to find ways to make them more environmentally friendly. As it stands, bottled water has one of the lightest environmental footprints of any packaged beverage.
Light weighting our Bottles
Since 1994, we have reduced the PET plastic content of our half-liter water bottles by 62.5%. Light weighting — reducing the amount of plastic resin — saves us energy and reduces our carbon footprint. When we launched our Eco-Shape® bottle in 2007, we were among the first beverage companies to lightweight a branded bottle. Since 2007, we have reduced the plastic content of our half-liter bottles by another 37%. However, we didn’t stop our packaging reduction efforts with just plastic. The labels of our bottles are now 35% smaller than previous labels. Light weighting our bottles and reducing our label size saves about 65 million pounds of plastic and 10 million pounds of paper annually. In total, we have saved 5 billion pounds of plastic and reduced CO2 emissions by 770,000 tons since 1995.
Additional Packaging Innovations
At Nestlé Waters North America, we continue to explore new environmentally minded packaging. We look at solutions centered on renewable resources and reducing energy use and waste, such as recycled PET and bio-plastics. For example, in 2010, we introduced the resource® Natural Spring Water brand, packaged in our .5 liter water bottles made with 50% recycled plastic (rPET).
Since then, we have introduced 50% rPET for our .5 liter Arrowhead® brand bottles in California and our Deer Park® brand in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. In 2015, resource® introduced its next-generation bottle made of 100% rPET.
The recycling rate for beverage containers in California was 81% in 2015. This means that there is high-quality rPET available, enabling us to increase our use of recycled material in some of our most popular sizes of Arrowhead® brand Mountain Spring Water bottles. rPET has been used in half-liter Arrowhead® bottles for three years, but the brand will increase the use of recycled content by 38%. The goal is to have most Arrowhead® bottle sizes produced in California contain up to 50% recycled material. This move will result in the reuse of about 18 million pounds of plastic bottles a year, reducing landfill waste and conserving natural resources.
Arrowhead® launches recycled content in more of their SKUs.
Learn more about Nestlé’s commitment to improving the environmental performance of its packaging.
3 Nestlé Waters North America and Quantis International. "Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Drinking Water Alternatives and Consumer Beverage
Consumption in North America." 2010. http://www.nestle-watersna.com/asset-library/documents/nwna_lca_report_020410.pdf