UK water and soft drinks manufacturer Radnor Hills has announced it will be moving the majority of its PET bottles to 51% recycled plastic (RPET) in a bid to support the UK government proposals on plastic waste.
The family-owned manufacturer, based in Powys, Wales, started the production of RPET at the beginning of July with its 500ml water bottles, and it believes it is the first such manufacturer to make the move.
It is currently in the process of changing all its plastic products over to RPET and hope to do so by the end of August.
While suppliers are working hard to try and make the RPET bottles a little clearer, there is a slight difference in the colour of the bottle.
Radnor Hills is also endeavouring to create a closed-loop system with its suppliers for all waste created on-site. All waste streams that can be recycled from production processes are recycled and it hopes to achieve zero to landfill by the end of 2018.
"We are very proud as a business to have taken this next step towards a more sustainable future and we hope this encourages more people to recycle their plastic bottles. The use of RPET saves raw materials, reduces waste and creates a better environment for us all," said William Watkins, managing director at Radnor Hills.
The new RPET bottles will still be 100% recyclable.