That’s a weight off my…bottle!

Bottled water producers have reduced PET packaging by over 10% in the last 5 years

6 June 2013: Members of the Natural Hydration Council (NHC), the leading bottled water association in the UK, have reduced the amount of plastic in their bottles by an average of 12% since 2008.

In a recent survey conducted by the NHC, its members (Brecon Carreg Natural Mineral Water, Danone Waters (UK & Ireland) Ltd, Highland Spring Group, Iceni Waters, Nestlé Waters UK, Ty Nant, Water Brands Group and Wenlock Spring) 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 rPET for primary packaging.

Local authorities have also been helping consumers to recycle more. The latest survey results from RecoupRecoup UK Household Plastics Collection Survey 2012 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’‘Bring’ schemes for flats are based on residents bringing their own recycling or food waste to communal collection containers located near their block of flats. Often also referred to as near entry schemes. schemes, or both in many cases.

Bottled water is the lowest impact packaged drink in the soft drinks sector, whether judged by its carbon footprintDEFRA Sustainability Road Map for Soft Drinks data – CSD: 1.11; Fruit Juices & Smoothies: 2.97; Still & juice drinks: 1.36; Bottled water: 0.53; Dilutables: 1.32 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 waterDEFRA Sustainability Road Map for Soft Drinks data has shown that of the 7.8 million tonnes of CO2e produced by the UK soft drinks industry supply chain, the bottled water industry represents only an estimated 10%..

Kinvara Carey, General Manager, Natural Hydration Council 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”.

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Notes to Editors

The Natural Hydration Council is a not for profit organisation dedicated to researching the science and communicating the facts about healthy hydration. Founded in 2008, the organisation is guided by a Scientific Panel to help them communicate how good hydration habits can positively impact the nation’s health. Their eight members; Brecon Carreg Natural Mineral Water, Danone Waters (UK & Ireland) Ltd, Highland Spring Group, Iceni Waters, Nestlé Waters UK, Ty Nant, Water Brands (Harrogate Spring Water & Thirsty Planet) and Wenlock Spring, are all producers of naturally sourced water and represent over 50% of the UK bottled water marketZenith International, UK Bottled Water Report, April 2013.