Packaging allows us to conveniently bring our water directly from the source to you, preserving the natural mineral water’s quality–but we believe it shouldn’t come at the expense of the environment. After all, our water couldn’t exist without a healthy environment.
However, the packaging issue needs to be addressed in a holistic way, taking into account a number of factors such as food safety imperatives, production and transportation costs & associated environmental impact, as well as the availability of materials.
That’s why we want to work on a full range of solutions:
- Reducing as much as possible unnecessary packaging
- Accelerating reuse and recycled packaging
- Contribution to the development of effective collection systems
- With an end-objective of keeping packaging in the loop and out of nature.
In addition, the brand will continue to experiment new formats and forms to address future business models, such as our refillable system pilot at Wimbledon this year, which allows us to gain key learnings that will enable use to accelerate reuse options for the brand.
We are currently moving our evian range to a new ‘click’ cap that is designed to stay attached to the bottle throughout its usage and when recycled.
Look out for the image on the label, and don’t forget to ‘click’ it back to drink, and leave it attached when you recycle it.
The new cap aims to create a more convenient drinking experience: leaving it attached means you don’t have to hold it in your hand, and don’t risk dropping or losing it.
What is the benefit of attaching the cap to the bottle?
Removing caps and recycling them separately to the bottle can cause them to be improperly sorted in the recycling process. Because of their small size, individual caps can even get lost in nature, so they end up as litter and are no longer kept in the recycling loop.
Attaching the caps to the bottles is another step to ensure caps are recycled together with the bottles, to help improve cap recycling rates.
Some mainstream bottling systems are still primarily linear—raw materials are used to make packaging, and after the product is consumed, the packaging is thrown away, adding new waste to the environment. Simply put: this model isn’t sustainable.
Because we’re committed to protecting and nourishing the health of our planet and its people, we are playing our part to accelerate the transition from a linear towards a circular economy of sustainable packaging. This means eliminating packaging we don’t need and innovating to create recyclable packaging that can be safely reused again and again so it remains part of the circular economy and does not become waste or pollution. In January 2018, we pledged to transform our packaging to make all our plastic bottles* from 100% recycled PET (rPET) by 2025.
In 2019, we introduced our first 100% recycled PET bottles at The Championships, Wimbledon as part of a pilot of circularity as a solution to plastic waste. We worked together with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to implement a range of initiatives to encourage recycling at the event. This included replacing our logo with the message ‘I Recycle’ and working with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to increase the numbers of recycling bins around the grounds. All bottles collected from recycling bins were made into bottles again! The UK environmental charity, RECOUP independently oversaw this process.
*excludes label and cap
In a linear economy, packaging is formed from a raw material, used once, then discarded as landfill waste. At evian, we’re striving to move away from this approach. All our bottles are already 100% recyclable but we are striving for more.
In a circular economy, once raw material is formed as packaging, it is recycled and reused continuously to remove it from the waste stream. At evian this means we aim to create recyclable bottles made from 100% recycled content* on our journey towards a circular packaging model.
*excludes cap and label
Polythene terephthalate (PET) bottle recycling has allowed our plastic bottles to be 100% recyclable since its introduction in 1992, but we won’t stop there. Currently, at least 25% of each evian bottle* is made from recycled plastic (rPET), in September 2020 we will be launching single 50cl*, 75cl* and 1.5* litre bottles made from 100% RPET** and we’re on a mission to make our plastic bottles* from 100% rPET by 2025.
*excludes label and cap
**Only bottles with the label (Bottles made from bottles) are made from 100% recycled plastic.
We are confident we can move towards being a more circular brand with the help of breakthrough technology companies like Loop Industries. They’re pioneers in their own right and have developed a technology that enables large scale plastic recycling, transforming all types of PET plastic waste into the high-quality our recycled bottles require.
As you can see, working together has provided shared value; thus, we’re on track to meet our sustainability goals and circular ambitions.
For more information on Loop Industries click here.
Reducing plastic bottle waste in nature
We want to do out part to keep our bottles out of nature. That’s why we got onboard with The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit start-up that uses its technology to rid the oceans of plastic.
Together through our parent company Danone, we joined this project in 2018 as a research partner in Indonesia to analyse waste captured by The Interceptor™, an exciting new technology that aims to stop plastic waste from entering oceans by intercepting it at rivers. The Interceptor™, which is 100% solar powered and uses the natural forces of the current, aims to extract up to 50,000 kgs (just over 110,000 lbs) of plastic waste a day from the 1,000 most polluted rivers around the world. But what happens to the collected waste, you ask? We have helped analyse and categorise the collected debris to gain a better understanding of the challenges that caused it to enter rivers in the first place, so we can prevent it from ending up there going forward.
Working with local communities
We’re trying our best, but we can’t do it all alone. That’s where community comes in. We’re working with governments, recycling industry partners, and consumers all over the world to increase the collection and recycling rates of plastic bottles. For example, in the UK, we work with Hubbub, a UK sustainable behaviour change agency, to understand littering behaviour. (www.hubbub.org) We have supported a large-scale trial in Leeds: ‘Leeds by Example’ to boost recycling on the go in the city. The trial uses a variety of recycling infrastructure and awareness-raising interventions to test impact on behaviour change, enabling us to explore solutions that could be rolled out in the future. The trial saw recycling rates almost triple in the city centre, from 17% to 49% with a reach of over 18.8m on social media and 87% of people questioned stating that they’d seen something of the campaign. In 2020, Danone Waters continued to support the recycling on the go trials that expanded to Swansea and Edinburgh, building on learnings in Leeds to increase on the go recycling rates in more cities. We will keep identifying and supporting recycling solutions to ensure bottles are recycled properly, reducing dependency on newly created plastic while generating a reliable supply of recycled plastic.
When it comes to packaging innovations that benefit the environment and in turn, the people, good is never good enough. As we work to reimagine the packaging landscape, our efforts are in vain if these innovations aren’t accessible to or practical for people everywhere. That’s why we’re partnering with innovative brands like Soma to create forward-thinking yet practical designs for the future.
Just like us, Soma is a company that strives to reduce their global impact. In fact, they’re a Certified B Corporation®, meaning they’ve earned the right to be included in a group of businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Not only do they make refillable glass bottles, they’re also continually looking for new ways to solve some of the world’s water challenges, like donating to water projects. To put it simply: we complement each other. Together, we’re aiming for everyone to be more conscious in their consumption without having to sacrifice form or function.
The first product of our collaboration debuted in 2019 when we launched evian x Virgil Abloh refillable glass Soma water bottle, a new hydration accessory for people to enjoy water at home or on-the-go. Virgil’s “Rainbow Inside” evian reusable water bottle was designed to be the perfect on-the-move accessory that can be refilled time and time again.
Since 1992 evian in the U.K. has been 100% recyclable.
In 2008 we first used recycled plastic in the production of our bottles. Since then we have been striving to increase the percentage that comes from recycled bottles.
Launched our first 75cl, 1L and 1.5L bottles with 50% RPET (recycled plastic) in the UK. We launched our first refillable bottle with Soma.
Launched Limited Edition ‘Activate Movement’ collection with Virgil Abloh. In September, we will launch 50cl*, 75cl* and 1.5L* bottles with 100% RPET** (recycled plastic) in the UK.
* excludes cap and label
** Only bottles with the label (Bottles made from bottles) are made from 100% recycled plastic.