Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I (SBF GB&I) has confirmed that all of its on-the-go 500ml bottles, bar the cap and label, will be made from 100% rPET by the end of the year.
The supplier has made the commitment despite the rising costs of the material. Currently, rPET is 39% more expensive in Europe compared to virgin PET, but it has, on average, a 79% lower carbon footprint.
SBF estimates the switch to rPET will see a reduction in 36,058 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Its Lucozade Sport, Orangina and Ribena bottles are already 100% rPET but the supplier wants to meet this requirement with Lucozade Energy bottles as well.
It is part of SBF’s commitment to achieve 100% sustainable packaging by 2030.
Liz Nieboer, head of sustainability at SBF BG&I, said the move was “the result of years of hard work”, but added that “much still needs to be done in terms of recycling infrastructure”.
“There has been a historic under-investment in the UK’s recycling and collection infrastructures, meaning less than a third of bottles are turned back into bottles,” she said.
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