90% of Arrowhead rPET water bottles in California hit 50% PCR level, the equivalent carbon dioxide savings of taking 13,349 cars off the road.
9 out of 10 of Arrowhead PET bottles made in California have 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic content, Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water (Ontario, CA) announced. The company credited the success to the high recycling rate of California residents as well as the help from its strategic partner CarbonLITE. It meets the company’s goal to use recycled content in most of its bottle sizes by the end of 2016 even as it continues to invest in additional efforts to support responsible environmental stewardship in California.
Arrowhead began using recycled polyethyelene terephthalate (rPET) in its 0.5-L bottle—its most popular size—four years ago. The increase in recycled content is part of a larger effort to reduce plastic waste by Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water owner Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA, Stamford, CT).
Arrowhead partners with CarbonLITE Industries LLC (Los Angeles), one of the largest producers of food-grade, PCR PET in the world, to provide the rPET material. The recycled materials are collected primarily in California.
CarbonLITE estimates that, since 2012, these 86 million pounds of recycled plastic have saved 69,660 tons of carbon emissions versus the use of virgin plastic.
“Californians continue to lead the nation in recycling — recovering billions of plastic containers each year,” says Leon Farahnik, founder and CEO of CarbonLITE. “By reusing the PET portion of these materials, Arrowhead is helping to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions and set the standard for the industry.”
Nelson Switzer, chief sustainability officer at NWNA, says “Sustainability is a top priority for Arrowhead, which is why we use continuously recyclable PET for our bottles, and why we are committed to finding solutions and stimulating demand to reduce plastic waste. A big part of that is changing the source of PET we use to package our beverages.”
“When our rPET bottles get recycled, we begin to close the loop, putting recycled plastic back into production rather than into the trash,” adds Dave Thorpe, supply chain director for Arrowhead. “Together with CarbonLITE, our efforts have kept approximately 1.8 billion bottles out of landfills in this state.”
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Arrowhead’s recycling efforts help California to meet its climate change commitments, which call for the reduction of Green House Gas emissions to 40% of 1990 levels by 2030. Across the country, Nestlé Waters North America has also reduced the amount of plastic used in its 0.5-Liter water bottles by more than 60% over the last two decades.
“The key to meeting the climate change commitments in California lies in collective action on energy and resource management,” Switzer says. “In this spirit, Nestlé Waters is continuing to look for opportunities to partner with others to help close the loop on plastic waste by recovering, recycling and increasing the use of rPET in packaging.”