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Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and Drench switch to 100% rPET bottles

Britvic brands Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and Drench are switching their 500ml bottles into 100% recycled PET (rPET).

The bottles will be the first to use rPET from the Esterform Packaging facility, based in North Yorkshire. According to Britvic, the move will save 1,354 tonnes of virgin plastic per year.

Mark Tyne, Esterform’s managing director, said: “Our £20m project to produce 42,000 tonnes of recycled food grade PET could not have got off the ground without Britvic’s support and we look forward to working together to rollout recycled PET usage across Britvic’s portfolio.”

Sarah Webster, director of sustainable business at Britvic, added: “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.”

The move is in addition to the 1,900 tonnes already saved by Ballygowan Mineral Water and Fruit Shoot Hydro switching to rPET bottles. Last year, Britvic set a target for all of its UK plastic bottles to be made from 100% recycled plastic by the end of 2022.

PET converter Esterform Packaging has supplied Britvic for over 15 years.