The new packaging uses on average 25% less material than previous bottles and also has a shorter neck and an ergonomic shape and use, according to Nestlé. The bottles will be produced at the company’s new £35m bottling plant in Buxton when it opens next Spring.

For the first time, the factory will combine the Nestlé Waters UK bottling facility with a warehousing capability. The new bottling lines will significantly reduce the site’s total energy output.

While the company has not disclosed the exact weights of the bottles, Nestlé Waters UK’s managing director Paolo Sangiorgi said: “Demand for our bottled water brands has seen double digit growth over the past three years. The design of the site will enable us to reduce our energy and water consumption significantly.

“We will also continue to work closely with the local community on projects such as our on-the-go recycling program and our Project WET schools initiative which educates teachers and children on the vital role water plays in our lives.”

The new site will enable Nestlé to reduce the amount of water used in its manufacturing and by the end of 2012, the site aims to be zero waste to landfill. A sustainable drainage system will manage the water that runs off from the new site, and options for using the heat generated by the bottling lines to heat the warehouse and office areas are also being considered.

Maxine Perella

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