Plastic bottles have come a long way in recent years. Consumer demand for more choice, along with an increased focus on environmental issues, has caused businesses to embrace innovation and re-evaluate their options when it comes to product packaging.
The UK Plastics Pact set out several goals for businesses to achieve by 2025, including for ‘100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable’ and for ‘an average of 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging’. Many high-profile companies have signed the pact, leading to a shift in packaging standards.
As a supplier of bottled water, Water Direct has prioritised and exceeded these goals, using only plastic bottles that are 100% recyclable, with a minimum of 50% recycled plastic.
But recycled plastic is just one option…
What are the new alternatives?
From simple recycled plastic bottles to biodegradable options, customers now have more choice than ever over what they buy.
Whether you are looking to cut down on single use plastics, or you want to go completely plastic-free, there are plenty of new alternatives to traditional plastic water bottles.
Here is our guide to some of the most innovative new products on the market…
Cans of Water
If you’re looking to cut down on single-use plastics, one option is the aluminium can.
Aluminium is a great material for recycling. It retains its properties indefinitely, meaning it can be recycled over and over again. Customers wanting to reduce their impact on the environment can opt for brands that use recycled cans, such as CanO Water.
CanO Water cans are made from at least 70% recycled material, and after use, the can continues its journey of being recycled and used again and again. They are available with small plastic caps for re-sealing, or with aluminium ringpulls for those who want to go 100% plastic-free.
But cans are not just a practical choice. Canned water is growing in popularity on social media due to its aesthetic qualities as well.
Cans of water are becoming incredibly popular amongst celebrities and influencers alike, with famous people from Bill Gates to Harry Styles spotted sporting cans.
Cartons & Boxed Water
Cartons of water are another alternative to traditional plastic bottles.
Water cartons are an ideal choice for use in hot weather, since the design of the carton helps to keep the water cool.
Aquapax Water Cartons are incredibly innovative. Each carton is made from at least 75% plant-based material, along with FSC Certified paper, and a cap made from renewable sugar cane.
The non-leaching material means they are refillable, and they are 100% recyclable.
Aquapax operates an end-to-end carbon balanced supply chain, and the company has some great sustainability initiatives too – such as the Aquapax CommuniTree reforestation programme. The programme plants over 5,000 trees each year, securing jobs for local communities, and helping to tackle climate change.
Plant-based bottles are another great alternative to classic plastic bottles.
Plant-based bottles look the same as standard plastic bottles, but they have the added advantage of being biodegradable.
Aqua British plant-based bottles are made from raw bio-sourced materials, so after use, you can just pop the entire bottle (including the cap and the label) onto your compost heap, and it will break down naturally.
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