Britvic has introduced it has entered right into a long-term settlement with Esterform Packaging for the availability of recycled plastic (rPET), the most important milestone within the corporate’s sustainable industry programme.

Trystan Farnworth, team sustainability director, Britvic


Britvic is dedicated to pursuing a sustainable packaging technique. Critical to attaining that is handing over a step-change aid in using virgin PET in its packaging and an build up within the ranges of rPET.

Under the phrases of the settlement, Esterform, will turn into Britvic’s most well-liked provider of rPET in Great Britain and Ireland and Britvic shall be offering £5m of funding make stronger for the development of recent rPET production amenities at Esterform’s web site in Sherburn in Elmet, UK.

Founded in Liverpool in 1999, Esterform is the United Kingdom’s biggest unbiased converter of PET and has provided Britvic for 15 years.

rPET is made out of recycled plastics and has vital environmental advantages, together with carbon footprint aid and contributing against growing an efficient round financial system. However, there’s a vital trade factor in getting access to the amount and high quality of food-grade rPET required to meet the call for, with inadequate capability lately to be had in the United Kingdom.

This deal, due to this fact, supplies Britvic with safe get right of entry to to UK-sourced rPET and provides Esterform the protection to spend money on a big capital venture that can reinforce the United Kingdom’s efforts to create a round financial system. Esterform’s new state-of-art production era shall be powered through 100% renewable power assets and is anticipated to be operational through This autumn 2020.

Britvic recognises the function it has to play in decreasing the environmental affect of its packaging and is dedicated to making an international the place packaging by no means turns into waste. To date, Britvic has got rid of greater than 1,400 tonnes of number one plastic from its provide chain since 2017, 100% of its PET bottles, glass bottles and cans are recyclable, and the corporate is a founding signatory of the United Kingdom Plastics Pact.

Britvic may even lend a hand to fulfill its goals through including a recycling message to all client and business commercials.

Trystan Farnworth, team sustainability director, Britvic stated: “At Britvic, we are committed to making a positive difference to the world around us and our partnership with Esterform is another important step forward for our business and our efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic waste. It provides us with a secure supply of rPET at a time when the resource is scarce in the UK, while sourcing it from this country rather than abroad has clear benefits for our carbon footprint.”