our commitments for the environment

The bottle

evian’s ambition is for all our bottles to have a second life, for them to become a resource rather than waste. For 20 years our team have been working on reducing the environmental impact of bottles their life cycle. Find out about what we have been doing actions.

Introduction: the function of the bottle

The bottle is what protects the qualities of evian water and its original purity, from bottling to the table.

It is important to bear in mind the crucial role played by packaging in getting food products, in this case evian natural mineral water, to the consumer under optimal conditions.

  1. This requires a design that allows the products to be protected, from the factory to the store, and then on to the consumer;
  2. the bottle plays a key role in protecting the purity and quality of mineral water, and therefore in food safety for the consumer;
  3. the bottle and its packaging is also a means of providing the consumer with information, via labelling;
  4. we adjust our packaging to suit the different needs of our consumers, making it easier to stay hydrated during the day.

Eco-design

The International Centre for Water Expertise (Centre International d’Expertise sur l’Eau - CIELE), which is based at the evian production facility, brings together our own international researchers and R&D teams, who perform tests on packaging during the design stage. These tests cover every stage in the life of the packaging’, from design, through production, shipping and final delivery to the shop shelves.

Through studying the life cycle of the bottles the researchers are seeking to find the correct balance between reducing the weight of material while at the same time maintaining product quality and safety.

Between 2008 and 2014 the team achieved a reduction in the weight of PET in a 1 litre bottle by 11% at a global level.

Raw materials

PET (PolyEthylene Terephtalate)

PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) is a material that is 100% recyclable, and is used in the manufacturing of evian bottles.

PET is an inert, air-tight and perfectly neutral material. Its properties enable it to maintain the natural properties of evian mineral water while at the same time being light in weight.

evian was the one of the first natural mineral water brand to decide to switch from PVC to PET in 1995.

Recycled plastic (rPET)

evian is actively working on increasing the rate of recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles.

evian was one of the first natural mineral water French brands to include recycled PET in its packaging Together with our suppliers we are actively working on increasing the proportion of rPET in our bottles, with the aim of using on average 25% of rPET (recycled plastic) in our bottles by 2020.

Plant-based plastic

Danone's International Centre of Water Expertise (Centre International d’Expertise sur l’Eau - CIELE) is also carrying out research aimed at producing a 100% plant-based bottle.

For example the packaging for the evian “drop of evian” launched in 2014 is produced with a plastic that is 30% plant-based.

Production

The bottle is manufactured at the source

The evian plant has put in place an integrated management system in order to ensure performance and sustainability; this system covers: quality (ISO 9001); the environment (ISO 14001); food safety (ISO 22000); and energy (ISO 50001).

Plant waste

100% of the waste created at the plant can be recycled or treated with the energy recovery system. (+ drawing 94% / 6%)

The evian plant has a plant and mineral-based waste treatment facility. This innovative facility treats industrial waste water from the production site naturally (without the use of chemicals), and specifically removes nitrogen and phosphorous compounds.

Shipping

The evian plant has one of the largest private rail stations in France.

As part of reducing our carbon emissions, almost 60% of evian bottles were shipped from the plant by train in 2015.

Consumption

evian has a wide range of bottles on offer, to suit any need or occasion.

Hydration is our battle. Our role is to support consumers in order to develop life long healthier hydration habits on a sustainable basis.

Waste collection - Focus France

When recycled, evian bottles can have a second life.
evian has set itself the goal of raising consumers’ awareness of the potential second life available through recycling, and is investing in many local initiatives.

Vacances Propres: Danone, with evian, has been at the forefront of preventing litter

In 1971, Antoine Riboud, the Chairman of BSN at the time, highlighted the challenge of combating litter, for Danone and other large mass consumption and packaging groups. It was decided to create the Vacances Propres organisation, and launch the first campaign bearing the same name.

The role of Vacances Propres is to:

  • make an effective contribution to reducing litter (all kinds of waste that the general public does not dispose of correctly;
  • encourage the general public to become more aware, working together with the districts involved, by encouraging everyone to dispose of their waste in the right place;
  • unite all the participants involved around this common goal.

Further information is available at vacancespropres.com/

Incentives for sorting waste with LemonTri

evian and the Eco-Emballages organisation have worked together for a long time in order to identify and implement innovative recycling solutions such as 'Lemon Tri'.

Lemon Tri is developing innovative and incentivising systems aimed at boosting the collection and recycling of bottle and packaging , in particular plastic (PET) bottles. To raise awareness of recycling among consumers, evian has partnered up with the Lemon Tri initiative, in order to increase the number of bottle recovery stations installed in public places in France. evian and Lemon Tri have been in partnership since 2015, with the aim of ensuring that bottles are recovered at all evian events and, more generally, developing recycling habits away from home with the goal of increasing the recycling rate.

Further information is available at lemontri.fr/

Recycling

evian’s ambition is for PET bottles to be acknowledged as a resource , and for every one of our bottles to have a second life. Recycling can only happen if the bottles are recycled by consumers. This is why Danone and evian contributes to the development of recycling outlets, and to raising consumers' awareness about the recycling process.

Management of packaging waste: a pioneering role with Eco-Emballages

Danone jointly created the Eco-Emballages environmental organisation in 1992, and played a pioneering role in implementing the “Extended Producer Responsibility” regarding the management of packaging waste. This concept has now been adopted by 22 countries in the European Union and by 27 countries world-wide. The Green Dot, the symbol of the scheme implemented by Eco-Emballages, informs the consumer that the company is making a financial contribution to the collection, sorting, and recycling of packaging.

Further information is available at eco-emballages.fr

When they have been put in a recycling bin, evian bottles can be turned into recycled plastic enabling them to have a second life.

All of our bottles and their caps can be recycled. Some bottles can be recycled, to become new bottles, while others will be used to produce other items. Our priority is to make an active contribution to the recyclability and circular economy of plastics.