Using less material in our half liter bottle has had a big impact.
From the results of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Study, we learned that our biggest emissions impact came from the carbon embedded in the PET resin used in our bottles. Our long-standing effort to reduce bottle weight is reflected in our half liter Eco-shape® initiative. Weighing less than half an ounce, the bottle uses an average of 30% less plastic than similar size carbonated and non-carbonated beverages. Also, the label is 35% smaller than our previous one. By making these changes, we estimate that we’ve saved 65 million pounds of PET plastic resin and almost 10 million pounds of paper annually.
Our bottle – doing more with less
We’re committed to finding new ways to reduce waste, limit our use of virgin materials, and explore opportunities for second life materials. We’re focused on creating bottles that use less material, are made from recycled PET (rPET), and exploring the feasibility of alternative renewable materials.
Why lightweighting matters
Our effort to reduce packaging materials has been a long-term commitment. From 2000-2006, before we introduced our Eco-Shape® bottle, we reduced the amount of PET in our bottles by 40%. This reduction allowed us to avoid the use of 260 million pounds per year of plastic in our products.
First generation Eco-Shape®
In 2007, we introduced our innovative Eco-Shape® bottle. Weighing less than half an ounce, the bottle uses 30% less plastic than similar containers. But we weren’t done. The smaller bottle enabled us to reduce our label 35% compared to our previous one. Making these changes is estimated to have saved 65 million pounds of PET and almost 10 million pounds of paper annually.
Life Cycle Assessment
By 2008, we completed a life cycle assessment for our Eco-Shape PET half liter bottles, which revealed that plastic resin production accounted for our largest impact in terms of carbon emissions. Prior to this assessment, we pioneered efforts to reduce the amount of plastic in our bottles, making our original Eco-Shape® half-liter bottles among the first branded half-liter bottles in the beverage industry to be lightweighted.
Montclair® Natural Spring Water
In April 2010, Nestlé Waters Canada reintroduced its Montclair® Natural Spring Water, Canada's oldest water brand, in a bottle made of 100% recycled plastic. After an empty bottle is collected, through the recycling process, the plastic is ground into flakes, cleaned and processed to remove contaminants. Then it is repelletized into post consumer PET which we purchase to form new plastic bottles for our Montclair rPET.
The remainder of the Montclair Natural Spring Water family was re-introduced in 50% recycled PET packaging, the 710ml sports cap bottle (available in 24 packs); 1 litre (available in 15 packs) and 1.5 litre (available in 12 packs).
Research is key
We will continue with new research to understand the best use of recaptured plastic material and use these findings to help inform future strategies and work with stakeholders.
Carbon Emissions (kg CO2 eq.) Resulting From Consuming 2L of Respective Beverage Everyday for 1 Year
Our half liter Eco-Shape® bottle has the lightest footprint of all packaged beverages examined in this study.
This relatively smaller footprint of bottled water is reflected in the relatively smaller contribution it makes to an average persons' total footprint compared to bottled waters "share of stomach." Water accounts for 41% of the beverages an average person consumes but only accounts for 12% of their environmental footprint. On the other hand, other beverages account for 59% of the average persons consumption but makes up 88% of their environmental footprint. And when consumers recycle Eco-Shape® bottles they can decrease their environmental impact even more – by 25%. Recycling matters.