Britvic’s brands Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench 500ml bottles are moving to 100% rPET. The 500ml on-the-go bottles are the first to use recycled plastic from a new rPET manufacturing facility in North Yorkshire, UK.
The facility, built by Esterform Packaging Limited following Britvic’s £5m investment support in 2019, is powered by 100% renewable energy and provides Britvic with a secure supply of quality food-grade rPET in the UK. Mark Tyne, Esterform’s Managing Director, said: “Our £20 million project to produce 42,000 tonnes of recycled food grade PET could not have got off the ground without Britvic’s support and we look forward to working together to rollout recycled PET usage across Britvic’s portfolio.”
By switching Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench 500ml bottles to rPET, Britvic states to save 1,354t of virgin plastic every year. This is in addition to the 1,900t already saved by Ballygowan Mineral Water and Fruit Shoot Hydro switching to rPET bottles.
This move marks the latest milestone in Britvic’s sustainability strategy and brings the company closer to its intention of moving all GB-made bottles to 100% rPET by the end of 2022.
Esterform Packaging LTD is the UK’s largest independent converter of PET and has supplied Britvic for over 15 years.