Swiss mineral water brand Henniez has recently announced that its entire plastic bottle range is now made of 75% recycled PET plastic (rPET). Henniez has already been using 30% Swiss recycled PET since 2013 and has a clear ambition to move to 100% locally recycled PET. This will close the PET circular loop, as discarded PET bottles will be made into new Henniez recycled plastic bottles multiple times, without tapping into new oil resources.
The news comes three weeks after Nestlé committed to investing up to CHF 2 billion (approximately Rs 14,500 crore) to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions. The investment, with the ongoing efforts to make packaging recyclable or reusable, will help Nestlé to use one third less virgin plastics by 2025.
“With 75% recycled plastic in all our Henniez plastic bottles, we are committed to this highly efficient circular economy,” said Alessandro Rigoni, general manager of Nestlé Waters Switzerland. “We are proud of our local recycling system PET Recycling Schweiz (PRS), one of the best in the world.” PRS has been in place for 30 years in Switzerland and boasts a PET recycling rate of 82%, without resorting to a bottle deposit scheme.
Henniez is an iconic Swiss brand, which celebrates its 115th anniversary this year. According to the company’s press statement, it was the first brand in Switzerland to launch mineral water in plastic bottles back in 1984. Unbreakable, light, and yet resealable, the plastic bottle quickly revolutionized the local beverage trade. Notably, the lower weight of plastic bottles enabled the flight carrier Swissair to transport additional paying passengers.
Last year, several mineral water brands from Nestlé announced similar moves. This include Belgian brand Valvert switched its whole plastic bottle portfolio to 100% rPET, Vittel was the first French brand to launch a bottle entirely made of recycled PET, and British Buxton announced 100% rPET for its complete range by the end of 2021.