Recycling & the environment

Do you use recycled plastic in your bottles?

Yes. The new Buxton 750ml and 1 litre bottles are made from 100% recycled Polythylene terephthalate (rPET). It is a part of the next generation of sustainable packaging, stimulating a bottle-to-bottle circular economy.

We take our environmental responsibility seriously and do  not want to see any of our bottles end up as litter or waste. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our ultimate goal is to achieve zero environmental impact in our operations. While our bottles are already fully recyclable and remain so, using recycled materials in our packaging is a big part of achieving this goal.

Do you use bio-plastic in your bottles?

Together with Danone, we have joined forces with Origin Materials, a startup based in Sacramento, California, to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance. We’re aiming to develop and launch at commercial scale a PET plastic bottle made from 100% sustainable and renewable resources. 
The project uses biomass feedstocks, such as previously used cardboard and sawdust, so it does not divert resources or land from food production for human or animal consumption. The technology represents a scientific breakthrough for the sector and the Alliance aims to make it available to the entire food and beverage industry. This next-generation PET will be as light in weight, transparent, recyclable and protective of the product as today’s PET, while being better for the planet.
This is a big step forward for us in our ambition to create a better day for the nation by further reducing our environmental footprint. We are committed to continuously improving our environmental performances by using renewable resources, promoting recycling and investigating innovative packaging solutions.
We share the same vision and ambition regarding sustainability as Danone and as industry leaders believe it is our role to lead the way in co-developing this technology. We believe next-generation PET plastic will be a revolution for packaging, for our expertise, for our industry and, ultimately, for everyone.  

How much plastic reduction have you reduced in the Buxton bottles?

In 2012, we launched a new state of the art factory and invested in the latest generation of bottling lines. These helped make our new designed bottle shape benefit from an average of 25% reduction of plastic used across the range.

Do you use biodegradable packaging?

We have partnered with Danimer and PepsiCo to develop a marine biodegradable bottle system (including label and cap). More information can be found here:
Even though the bottle will be biodegradable, littering in any environment is not the proper end of life for any bottle.

Are the Buxton® plastic bottles recyclable?

Buxton water bottles are 100% recyclable. We apply recyclable-by-design principles when developing new packaging, which includes avoiding the use of materials and/or compounds that could reduce the quality of recycled PET.

Are the Buxton® plastic bottles BPA free?

Buxton® plastic bottles are made of PET, the only plastic used in the UK for bottled water and it does not contain BPA.

How to recycle plastic bottles?

Remove the bottle’s cap, crush it flat and throw both the bottle and the cap in the recycling bin.

Tap water is better for you and for the environment!

We encourage healthy hydration, be it through tap or bottled water. Buxton Water is a Natural Mineral Water. Find out more about how this differs from tap water:

Are single-use water bottles bad for the environment?

PET (polyethylene terephthalate), is a 100% recyclable material and is the most collected and recycled packaging plastic worldwide. It can be easily reused in a wide range of applications where it substitutes virgin PET, like the textile industry or even in new bottles. This is why PET bottles should be seen as a resource, not waste. We believe that the value in each bottle must be maintained by collecting, recycling and reusing them.
Nestlé Waters works with other stakeholders to support efficient plastic waste collection and management systems. We are also working to improve PET recycling awareness and improve recycling behaviour through an initiative called R-Generation.

What is your position on Deposit Schemes in the UK? / Do you oppose bottle deposit schemes?

Plastic packaging plays an important role in safely delivering our food and drink to consumers and our PET bottles are 100% recyclable. , while it could be collected or recycled, We agree that more needs to be done to increase collection and recycling rates for the UK and share the ambition that no plastic waste should ever end up discarded in the environment. This is new territory for everybody but we agree in principle that a well-designed, simple and easy to use deposit return scheme (DRS) can be part of the solution to achieving better collection and recycling rates. It is important that future DRS schemes in Scotland and England work seamlessly and are consistent with one another.

What is your view on plastic Marine litter? Who is to blame? What specific steps are you taking to prevent your plastic beverage bottles from contributing to the ocean plastic problem?

We agree too much plastic ends up in oceans. All plastic waste should be disposed of in a responsible manner. We believe that the solution lies in addressing land-based uncollected waste. Our PET plastic water bottles are 100% recyclable by design so we believe we can contribute best by helping to improve PET plastic collection and recycling rates.
We have also partnered with Danimer and PepsiCo to develop a marine biodegradable bottle system (including label and cap). More information can be found here:
Even though the bottle will be biodegradable, littering in any environment is not the proper end of life for any bottle.

Why are you introducing rPET into your bottles?

Last year we were delighted to announce 20% rPET in our bottles. This year we have increased this to up to 50% and we are committed to achieving 100% by 2025.

Is rPET recyclable?

Yes rPET is 100% recyclable. Our bottles were already 100% recyclable and remain so.

How many times can a plastic bottle be recycled?

In theory, a plastic bottle would lose its properties if repeatedly recycled. In reality, while some plastic bottles include recycled content, there will still be some virgin plastic material used as well in the mix when the bottles are made which helps negate the issue of a plastic bottle losing any properties. With the continuous use of virgin material in plastic bottles a bottle can be recycled indefinitely.
 If a plastic bottle uses 100% recycled PET with no virgin plastic material added, it will be able to be recycled back into a bottle 4 times. After this, it can then move its life into other forms of plastic packaging, where it could be used for another 20 cycles.

How many of your bottles are recycled/reused?

On average 58% of all plastic bottles are collected for recycling in the UK. Learn more:

What is the carbon footprint of a PET bottle?

Bottled water is the lowest impact packaged drink in the soft drinks sector, whether judged by its carbon footprint or its water footprint since there are no agricultural water inputs and limited water processing inputs. It represents 10% of CO2 emissions of soft drinks category.* DEFRA Soft drinks roadmap

Why are we not using glass/carton?

Plastic is far less heavy than glass, and that greatly reduces the cost and environmental impact of transportation. Plastic is also less fragile than glass, therefore safer for consumers. Both are 100% recyclable.

Is Buxton® committed to reducing and ultimately phasing out the use of throw away plastics?

With the right systems and approaches in place, plastic bottles do not need to be single-use, throw away objects, but can be a new resource with multiple potential uses through recycling and recovery. Our priority is therefore to support improvements to how bottles are collected and used. We have also partnered with Danimer and PepsiCo to develop a marine biodegradable bottle system:

What is R Generation?

R-Generation is a schools primary and secondary recycling programme created collaboratively with RECOUP and Wastebuster. The main objective of the R-Generation programme is to teach children the benefits and possibilities of recycling through interactive games and a varied education materials.