In a recent survey conducted by the NHC, its members revealed that they all have been making significant strides in lightweighting, with a particular trend in reducing the amount of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET).
Other areas NHC members have highlighted include secondary packaging, transportation and the increasing use of recycled PET (rPET) for primary packaging.
NHC members include:
Local authorities have also been helping consumers to recycle more. The latest survey results from Recoup showed that 52% of plastic bottles had been collected for recycling, and 92% of local authorities now provide plastic bottle collection facilities through kerbside or ‘bring’ schemes, or both in many cases.
Bottled water is the lowest impact packaged drink in the soft drinks sector, whether judged by its carbon footprint or its water footprint, since there are no agricultural water inputs and limited water processing inputs.
In the manufacturing stages, on average only an estimated 0.53 litres of water is needed to produce a litre bottle of water.
NHC general manager Kinvara Carey said: “Bottled water producers were the first to recycle PET and have now achieved this fantastic milestone in reducing the amount of it used in primary packaging.
“Looking after the environment is of huge importance to naturally sourced bottled water producers. Our members take pride in undertaking on a broad range of stewardship activities to preserve the natural ecosystems that surround their sources and ensure they are protected and free from pollution.
“In addition, bottled water is a good, healthy choice when you’re out and about as it contains zero calories, sugar, preservatives and additives.”
Source: Natural Hydration Council
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