This week, we proudly announce our new packaging sustainability commitments which include the introduction of post-consumer recycled plastic sourced from Australia and New Zealand for all water, juice and carbonated soft drinks brands.
The plan will significantly increase our use of recycled material so that by 2030, all water and juice drink bottles will be made from 100 per cent recycled PET plastic and carbonated soft drink bottles will include 50 per cent recycled plastic – with least 25 per cent of the recycled materials coming from Australia and New Zealand.
We have already started work so that by the end of 2019, we will be using at least 50 per cent recycled PET plastic for all water bottles, with at least 10 per cent of the recycled content sourced locally.
The move represents a huge step forward in maximising the lifecycle of PET plastic in Australasia and supporting the shift to a circular economy.
Chief technical officer Vincent Meron says that we must increase efforts to deal with packaging from the start to the end of life to create a circular economy.
“Increasing our use of recycled plastic and finding inshore solutions to our waste issue is a major part of this.”
Other targets as part of the packaging commitments include developing the lightest 600ml water bottle in Australasia, using at least 60 per cent recycled material in all packaging and becoming zero landfill across all Frucor Suntory sites. Earlier this year, on World Environment Day, Frucor Suntory committed to using 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.
The work that is being done to reduce the effect of our packaging on the environment and driving a circular economy is aligned with our purpose of being ‘hungry to make drinks better’, Vincent says.
“We have a broader responsibility to the communities we serve and we believe that we can make a positive difference through our decisions and actions.”