Nestle`s Arrowhead water to significantly increase recycled content in plastic bottles

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Source: Nestlé Waters

Ontario, California, USA — Nestlé Water’s Arrowhead brand announces it will increase its use of rPET by 38 percent in its spring water bottles, eliminating 20,000 tons of CO2 from production annually. The company plans to expand its use of recycled content to many of its most popular sized bottles by the end of 2016. This will ensure that most of its bottle sizes contain up to 50 percent rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate).

“Arrowhead has been part of California history for more than a century. We are continuously evolving our products to have the smallest environmental footprint possible. Thanks to California’s strong commitment to recycling, there is high quality rPET available enabling us to increase our use of recycled material,” said Tim Brown, CEO and president of Nestlé Waters North America, which operates the Arrowhead brand.

The announcement is an extension of the brand’s ongoing efforts to support recycling in California. While most plastic bottles are made out of material called polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Arrowhead has focused on introducing bottles made from recycled PET (rPET) and began using it in its ½-liter bottles three years ago.

Arrowhead is partnering with Los Angeles-based CarbonLITE Industries LLC, one of the largest producers of food-grade, post-consumer recycled PET in the world, to provide the rPET material used in its bottles. The recycled materials are primarily collected in California.

By reusing these materials, Arrowhead will save 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide from production annually. That’s a significant reduction in greenhouse gases and a model for other packaging companies,” said Leon Farahnik founder and CEO of CarbonLITE.

And Tim Brown, CEO and president of Nestlé Waters North America, which operates the Arrowhead brand. Commented: “Arrowhead has been part of California history for more than a century. We are continuously evolving our products to have the smallest environmental footprint possible. Thanks to California’s strong commitment to recycling, there is high quality rPET available enabling us to increase our use of recycled material.”

Source: Nestlé