The most ecologically favourable packaging system is the 1.0 litre re-useable PET bottle. Of all the packaging systems studied, it clearly and consistently has the most advantageous environmental impact profile.
The refillable market is particularly strong in Germany, thanks to the Government’s historical refillable quota, and is often held up as the ideal model for environmentally conscious beverage producers, retailers and consumers. In fact, so much so that the German Government has recently passed a law to encourage brand owners to achieve 70% use of refillable (multi-use) packaging.
The new law is effective from 1st of Jan. 2019 and the Government will measure progress towards the target over a period of three years.