The movement is part of a broader recycling commitment made by the company. Nestlé's US Navy has said it plans to use recycled plastic bottles across 25% of its portfolio by 2021. By 2025, it will increase that amount to 50%.
"We spent a lot of time designing these bottles to ensure they are moving efficiently and efficiently through the recycling value network," said David Tulauskas, Nestlé Waters North America's Sustainability Manager, CNN Business. "We want the bottle back."
"We need more suppliers that produce food quality, high quality" recycled PET, says Tulauskas. He noted that without this demand, recyclers would stick to "downcycling", or turn recycled plastic into a lower quality plastic.
"They need confidence that we will buy them in the long term to ensure it's worthwhile for them to invest," in the technology and equipment needed to make food plastic from recycled materials, he said.