In March 2017, Danone and Nestlé Waters joined forces with Californian startup Origin Materials to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance. The three partners aim to develop and launch at commercial scale a bio-sourced plastic made entirely from sustainable and renewable resources. By teaming up and bringing together complementary expertise and resources, the Alliance can move faster in developing 100% renewable and recyclable PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, accessible for all.
Why it matters
Currently, the only products that can be found on the market are limited to 30% bio-based makeup. Danone is convinced that it is possible to replace fossil materials traditionally used by bio-based renewable materials.
The ambition of Nestlé Waters and Danone is to establish a circular economy for packaging by sourcing sustainable materials and creating a second life for all plastics. These materials can allow for a more sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of the environment.
How it works
Nestlé Waters and Danone have committed to continuously improving their environmental performances and promoting the development of a circular economy. The two companies spearheaded actions promoting recycling and innovative solutions for recycling packaging made with renewable resources.
After identifying the unique approach of Origin Materials separately, the two companies decided to team up to accelerate the development of this promising technology.
This project uses only raw materials originating from biomass, like used cardboard or sawdust; materials which do not compete with food production. The alliance is also contemplating the use of other raw materials depending on the location of production units, like rice husks or other agricultural waste.
To this day, Origin Materials has already produced samples of 80% bio-based bottles. The NaturALL Bottle Alliance aims to develop the process for producing at least 95% bio-based PET plastic bottles at commercial scale as early as in 2020, starting with the first demonstration unit of this new technology. The partners will continue to conduct research to increase the production capacities with the objective of reaching 100% of bio-based content.
How it creates value
Danone and Nestlé Waters are providing expertise and teams, as well as financial support, to help Origin Materials develop and make 100% bio-based and recyclable packaging available to all in record time.
Just like the PET from fossil origins that is commonly used today for our packaging, this new-generation PET will be light, transparent, recyclable and will ensure optimal protection of its contents, all while improving the environmental footprint.
The added value of this technology is that it exclusively uses biomaterials that do not compete with resources intended for food production. This technology represents thus a major scientific advancement for the agri-food industry.
For the Alliance, it is essential that the entire industry benefits from this new eco-friendly material. It will be thus available for other stakeholders in the sector. This approach illustrates the commitment of these three partners who chose 'open innovation'.