INDONESIA – Danone-AQUA, the bottled water unit of Danone in Indonesia has partnered with plastic recycling company, Re-Pal Indonesia for the development of plastic pallets made from AQUA label.

To strengthen the collaboration, the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as part of Danone’s steps in building a circular packaging economy.

Under the agreement, Danone-AQUA will be supplying its AQUA labels from a bottle separation facility in Pasuruan–Indonesia which is operated by its partner.

Danone-AQUA is expected to supply label waste to Re Pal who will then use up to a maximum of 25% of that waste in their pallets, while ensuring the reliability and quality of the finished product.

Danone-AQUA will further examine the feasibility of using these Re>Pal pallets across its water business in Indonesia.

“We have been close to Re-Pal for some years now and we are delighted that they have successfully trial led our AQUA labels into the Re-Pal pallets,” said Corine Tap, President Director -Danone AQUA.

Danone-AQUA aims to make all its packaging 100% reusable, compostable and recyclable by 2025 via collection, education, and innovations in partnership with multiple partners.

“The plastic waste problem is not something we can tackle alone, that is why we are developing innovative partnerships with multiple stakeholders across the value chain–such as Re-Pal -to co-build the circular economy of packaging n line with Danone’s ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision,” Corine added.

The partnership is a great illustration of how the company is committed to accelerating the global transition towards a circular economy, notably through innovative collaborations and other relevant initiatives.

“In the context of this collaboration, we will look at other areas where Re>Pal’s technology can help us recycle packaging into pallets that we can then purchase across our business units.” Stephen Bowhill, Re-Pal CEO commented.

“Danone-AQUA is another fantastic company for Re-Pal to be associated with. I am pleased that our pallets can be a home for their plastic label waste stream.

“This model is something we are looking to expand with other multi-nationals for their harder to recycle waste, where they also take the pallets from us too.

“I also look forward to working closely with Danone-AQUA in assessing relationships with other divisions for waste pallet types or new products,”Bowhill added.

As part of its efforts towards promoting a Danone-AQUA has also committed to addressing plastic waste challenges in Indonesia by collecting more plastic waste than we produce by 2025.