One of the targets set out in our sustainability strategy, Prosper, is to reduce our packaging carbon footprint by 25% by 2020, significantly cutting the amount of new plastic bottles manufactured globally.
We are working closely with partner suppliers to educate them about the benefits of using bottles made from waste plastic that until now has been sent to landfill sites.
For instance, it takes 60% less energy to produce rPET – plastic made from recycled bottles – than virgin plastic, which is created from crude oil. Furthermore, recycling a tonne of PET containers saves 5.7 cubic metres of landfill space.
By increasing the amount of rPET in our plastic containers by just 10%, we can reduce CO2 emissions by more than 5%.
Our Peruvian business is one of the first to embrace the recycling opportunity fully.
By January 2017, rPET from bottles collected in Peru will make up 18% of the plastic used to package our products – from a standing start of none two years ago.
Rudi Verpoorten, SABMiller Procurement Category Manager for Plastics, says the use of recycled plastics goes beyond reducing our carbon footprint.
“Promoting rPET plays a key role in helping us achieve our ambition for a clean world and reduce packaging carbon emissions.
“We are working with suppliers to ensure rPET is competitive against virgin plastic and to develop the benefits for business, as well as the environment,” he says.
“Furthermore, there is also a positive impact on local communities, as recycling facilities create job opportunities.”