Britvic switches brands to 100% recycled plastic bottles

Using recycled plastic for Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench bottles is expected to save 1,354 tonnes of virgin plastic every year

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Britvic has announced its drink brands, including Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench, will switch to 100% recycled plastic bottles this summer.

The 500ml bottles are the first to use recycled plastic (rPET) from a new manufacturing facility in North Yorkshire, which is powered by 100% renewable energy and developed by Esterform Packaging following Britvic’s £5 million investment in 2019.

The move to using 100% recycled plastic bottles is expected to help save around 1,354 tonnes of virgin plastic every year, in addition to the 1,900 tonnes already saved by Ballygowan Mineral Water and Fruit Shoot Hydro.

The initiative supports Britvic’s goal to ensure all bottles made in Britain use 100% rPET by the end of 2022.

Sarah Webster, Director of Sustainable Business at Britvic said: “We are extremely proud and excited to see the first use of Esterpet in our iconic brands as they make the move to 100% rPET.

“It’s a fantastic example of the progress made in the facility with Britvic’s investment support and the first in a series of changes using Esterpet packaging as we continue our journey to fulfil our rPET commitment.”