Leading bottled drinks manufacturers commit to eliminating plastic packaging by 2030

A group of leading bottled water and soft drinks manufacturers have launched a report setting out a roadmap to eliminate plastic packaging waste from the bottled water and soft drinks value chain by 2030.

The report, entitled ‘Towards sustainable packaging: A plan to eliminate plastic packaging waste from UK bottled water and soft drinks’ and compiled by the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), was released yesterday (6 September) and aims to encourage other industries beyond the bottled drinks sector to develop and adopt their own systemic roadmaps to eliminate plastic packaging waste.

The report sees producers commit to making all bottled water and soft drinks packaging to be made from 100 per cent recyclable or reusable material and aim for at least 70 per cent recycled material by 2025, as well as committing to investigating the optimal materials to replace plastic and how consumer behaviour can help further the transition to a circular economy.