Nestlé Waters has teamed up with Danone and US startup Origin Materials to develop a PET plastic bottle made from 100% renewable and sustainable biomass materials.
Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is one of the most commonly-used plastics in the polyester category.
The new-and-improved bottle will use biomass feedstocks, such as previously used-cardboard or sawdust, that won't consume resources or land meant for food production.
The project, dubbed the NaturALL Bottle Alliance, is a milestone for the sector.
The partners have pledged to use 75% bio-based material in PET bottles by 2020, and 95% by 2022. Currently, the technology exists to make only 30% of PET bottles out of bio-based materials.
The group said it will strive to make the new technology available to the food and beverage industry as a whole.
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