We love the South Downs, we love our planet and we see it as our responsibility to do as much as we can to reduce our carbon footprint and help to preserve our beautiful region for generations to come. That’s one of the reasons why we are so proud to be one of the first bottled drink companies in the UK to roll out plastic bottles made from 100% recycled materials (called rPET).
From where we stand, it’s simple; we take our responsibilities to the environment seriously so that we protect the very environment that produces our exceptional water. In turn, customers can enjoy South Downs Water knowing they’re doing so in a sustainably conscious way.
South Downs Water’s Greener Delivery initiative was developed and rolled out to reduce any unnecessary road miles and reduce our carbon footprint. Working to our Greener Delivery initiative guidelines, we:
Our eyes are very much focused on a sustainable future and we work hard behind the scenes to revise, improve and innovate our processes and systems to ensure we’re contributing as much as possible to the bigger global sustainability picture. We have lots of exciting plans in the pipeline and can’t wait to share them with you shortly.
rPET stands for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (no, we don’t like saying that either!). rPET is created by recycling previously used plastics, including plastic bottles. Once collected, the plastic bottles are sorted, cleaned and transformed into rPET.
South Downs Water is using 100 percent rPET for its 330ml and 500ml bottle ranges which means that all plastic bottles will have already been used at least once before, and removes the need to use new, virgin PET.
Think globally. Act locally. Recycle responsibly.
We recognised the global need to re-think how plastic is manufactured, used and recycled. Whilst acknowledging that collectively we all have a long way to go, we wanted to help keep plastic in a closed loop system and out of the rivers, oceans and countryside.
South Downs Water is ahead of many competitors, including large multinationals, which are not likely to reach this point until 2025.
rPET is recycled in the same way as traditional PET – the end user should recycle in exactly the same ways as before.
We constantly review the latest industry manufacturing processes and products. Having looked into a number of options, we felt that biodegradable bottles, at this time, are counterproductive to achieving wider global sustainability goals.
This is due to:
Whilst over 50 percent of South Downs Water is sold in glass or larger bottle formats, there are still cases where plastic bottles are the most practical solution.
With so much plastic already circulating in the world, we are looking to reuse an existing resource time and time again.
The UK Plastics Pact is an initiative that looks to create a circular economy for plastics. It brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle plastic waste. The UK Plastics Act champions the move away from a linear plastics economy, where we take, make and dispose of plastic, and towards a circular system where we keep plastic in the economy and out of the natural environment.
Visit the WRAP website for further information.
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