April 22, 2024

Demand for recyclability driving US beverage manufacturers to switch to rPET bottles, says GlobalData

There is a growing demand for products packaged in recyclable packaging among consumers, especially in developed economies. Considering this, beverage manufacturers in the US are increasingly shifting from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) bottles to help lower carbon emissions and advance the circular economy, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Mani Bhushan Shukla, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The US has laid out ambitious targets to establish a circular economy. In 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced its National Recycling Goal to increase the national recycling rate to 50% by 2030. Transitioning from virgin PET plastic to rPET packaging is the only viable option for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to honor their sustainability commitments.”

To achieve their packaging targets, beverage manufacturers are striving to embrace rPET bottles and enhance the sustainability of their packaging range. Major soft drinks producers, such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Asahi have already adopted 100% rPET bottles for their popular brands. In March 2024, Califia Farms also launched 100% rPET bottles in the US.

Shukla continues: “Beverage manufacturers are incentivized by the growing consumer interest in sustainable packaging. Recyclability has become a key factor that consumers are actively looking for when making product purchases. This aligns with GlobalData’s 2023 Q4 consumer survey findings, wherein 62% of consumers in the US stated that recyclable packaging claims were a nice-to-have factor or essential/key driver of their product purchases*.”

Shukla concludes: “As companies face increasing pressure from the government, environmental lobby groups, and eco-conscious Gen Z and Gen Y consumers, they will have to adopt rPET on a wider scale. This will be imperative to attract and retain consumers in the long term.”

* GlobalData Q4 2023 Consumer Survey­ – US, with 506 respondents, published in December 2023

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