Britvic, the parent company of Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and Drench has announced its 500ml bottles are moving to 100 per cent recycled plastic (rPET).
The 500ml on-the-go bottles are the first to use recycled plastic from a new rPET manufacturing facility in North Yorkshire.
By switching to rPET, Britvic will save 1354 tonnes of virgin plastic every year.
This is in addition to the 1900 tonnes already saved by Ballygowan Mineral Water and Fruit Shoot Hydro switching to rPET bottles.
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“We are extremely proud and excited to see the first use of Esterpet in our iconic brands as they make the move to 100% rPET,” Britvic director of sustainable business Sarah Webster said.
“It’s a fantastic example of the progress made in the facility with Britvic’s investment support and the first in a series of changes using Esterpet packaging as we continue our journey to fulfil our rPET commitment.”
This move follows the latest milestone in Britvic’s Healthier People, Healthier Planet sustainability strategy and brings Britvic closer to its intention of moving all GB-made bottles to 100% rPET by the end of 2022.
Since 2018, Britvic has invested in the UK recycling infrastructure through its commitment to only purchase domestic Packaging Recovery Notes from UK recyclers.
According to the company, this means it is invested solely in the UK’s recycling industry and not in exporting waste.