Sending an environmental message in a bottle

Retailer says decision to trial lightweight PET driven by environmental factors.

Sainsbury’s, the UK giant retailer, is stocking barrier-enhanced PET wine bottles on its shelves as part of an ongoing programme to develop more sustainable and energy-efficient packaging formats. The 75cl bottles are manufactured by Amcor PET Packaging using Constar’s Oxbar barrier technology and a screw cap closure. The bottle is weighing in at just 54g and is available in clear and green colours.

PET bottles are now collected for recycling by 92% of UK local authorities, and packaging has become a major issue on political, environmental, and consumer agendas. Pressure is on every link in the supply chain to reduce excess packaging and explore sustainable alternatives.

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