Sanitarium moves to clear PET bottles

PET bottles

Sanitarium food company is giving its brand a recycling makeover, introducing clear PET bottles to some of its range.

From December 2023,  So Good (1-litre), UP&GO, and Toatl (500ml) will be packaged in clear PET bottles.

Moving from opaque PET to clear PET means the bottles can be recycled into a wider range of materials, over and over again, increasing the circularity of the brand’s packaging.

The new bottles can be dropped off at a Container Deposit scheme for a 10-cent refund, or recycled through kerbside collections in the yellow-lid recycling bin.

Ninety-four per cent of Sanitarium’s packaging is already recyclable, reusable or compostable. The change brings the company closer to achieving its goal of 100 per cent across all packaging by 2025, in line with government packaging targets.

In 2018 Australia established the 2025 National Packaging Targets to create a sustainable pathway for the way Australia manages packaging.

The four targets to be achieved by 2025 are:

  • 100 per cent of packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • 70 per cent of plastic packaging being recycled or composted
  • 50 per cent average recycled content included in packaging
  • The phase out of problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging.

At the Environment Ministers’ Meeting held in Adelaide in November 2023, ministers agreed that the Federal Government would step up as the new regulator of packaging standards.

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