USA – Nestlé Waters North America, a water division of the Nestle Group has announced that it has entered a definitive agreement with US based recycled PET plastic (rPET) supplier CarbonLITE to expand use of recycled materials in its packaging.
As part of the agreement, CarbonLITE will expand its U.S. operations by building a third facility in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania.
The agreement will see Nestle increase the use of recycled materials supplied by CarbonLITE, one of the largest producers of food-grade, post-consumer recycled PET.
The company currently purchases rPET from CarbonLITE’s existing facilities in California and Texas.
“We are pleased that CarbonLITE will be locating a facility in a region important to our manufacturing footprint,” said Bill Trackim, Vice President, Head of Supply Chain and Procurement at Nestlé Waters North America.
“Being able to purchase rPET in the area helps us better support the regional economy while promoting environmental sustainability through the use of renewable and recyclable materials in our packaging.”
Leon Farahnik, Chairman of CarbonLITE Industries, LLC said: “Nestlé Waters continues to be a leader in their sustainability efforts.
“We are proud to have grown with them for the past seven years and proud to expand our relationship in our state of the art facility in Pennsylvania.”
The new CarbonLITE’s facility is expected to be completed and commissioned by early 2020, with the ability to recycle over 2 billion post-consumer bottles a year.
The new 200,000-square-foot processing facility is anticipated to save 60,000 tons of carbon annually by using post-consumer materials and produce 80 million pounds per year of food-grade rPET pellets.
The new commitment builds on Nestle’s commitment in reducing PET material in its packaging.
In February, the company launched Nestle Pure Life Purified Water launched a 700-ml bottle made from 100% food grade recycled plastic.
According to Nestle, all of the company’s single-serve sizes of Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water and Nestlé Pure Life bottles produced in the state are made with 50% rPET.
Nestle SA’s commitment to sustainability was reiterated when among 250 global organisations, signed the recently signatory of the recently announced New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, an initiative of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment.