Nestlé Waters North America is increasing its use of recycled PET in its Arrowhead brand of bottled water by 38%.
Many of the company's most popular sized Arrowhead bottles, Nestlé Waters said, excluding the reusable three-gallon (14 litres) and five-gallon (23 litres) containers, soon will contain up to 50% recycled PET as a result.
The company announced the news on 7 October and positioned the move as a commitment to environmental stewardship in California.
Nestlé Waters North America president and chief executive Tim Brown said: “Thanks to California's strong commitment to recycling, there is high quality rPET available enabling us to increase our use of recycled material.”
CarbonLite Industries, a producer of food-grade, post-consumer recycled PET in Riverside, California will supply the recycled plastic, Nestlé said.
CarbonLite reprocesses two billion containers each year.
Nestlé Waters said the increased use of recycled PET will be in place by the end of next year.
Arrowhead is just one regional bottled water brand owned by Nestlé and is popular in the West.
Arrowhead expects to use 18 million pounds (8.2 million kg) of recycled PET annually through the new commitment.