NestlÃ© has unveiled prototypes for itsÂ PerrierÂ®Â water bottles based on a novel recycling technology.
The bottles were produced as part of the Carbios global consortium to support the industrialization of an innovative technology that allows the plastic to be endlessly recycled while maintaining properties that are virtually equivalent to virgin plastics. The consortium members include L’OrÃ©al, Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, and PepsiCo.
Using this novel technology, experts at NestlÃ©’s research and development center for Waters in Vittel, France produced the firstÂ PerrierÂ®Â 50cl prototype bottles made from colored recycledÂ PET materials.
The prototypes were thoroughly tested in terms of safety, quality, and performance. They were also specially adapted to withstand the pressure of carbonated water, while also incorporating the iconic design and green color of the PerrierÂ®Â bottle.
While recycledÂ PETÂ bottles already exist in the marketplace, this new technology when developed at industrial scale, will help increase the amount ofÂ PETÂ plastic that can be recycled.
Jean-Francois Briois, Head of Packaging Material Science and Environmental Sustainability for NestlÃ© Waters globalÂ R&DÂ says, “It is very exciting to see that the quality of the prototype bottles made from 100% colored recycledÂ PETÂ materials is virtually identical to clear virginÂ PET.
Thanks to this partnership with Carbios, we are able to achieve the great challenge of combining quality, iconic design and sustainability. When we reach industrial scale, this enzymatic recycling technology will enable us to produce high-qualityÂ rPETÂ bottles and help NestlÃ© in its journey to reduce the use of virgin plastics.”
The Carbios technology uses enzymes from naturally occurring microorganisms to break downÂ PETÂ plastic into its constituent parts, which can then be converted back into new, virgin-grade like plastic.
The ground-breaking process is also unique because it enables the production of recycledÂ PETÂ from any type ofÂ PETÂ plastic, regardless of color or complexity. This allows the recycling of more types ofÂ PETÂ plastic that would otherwise go to waste or be incinerated, thus creating an endless, fully closed loop for plastic recycling.
NestlÃ©’sÂ R&DÂ expertise and infrastructure was also leveraged to create bottle preforms using the technology for other Carbios consortium members. Each member then further blew up the preforms into specific bottle shapes according to their needs.
The Carbios partnership and resulting innovations are part of NestlÃ©’s continuous efforts to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions. NestlÃ© also recently unveiledÂ two new packaging innovationsÂ for itsÂ VittelÂ®Â natural mineral water bottles which are made with as little recycled plastic as possible.