Amcor Rigid Packaging, based in Michigan, said it had teamed up with Danone, the consumer goods company, to launch 100 per cent recyclable polyethylene terephterate bottles for the Villavicencio mineral water brand in Argentina.

The PET bottle is also label-free and made from 100 percent recycled material PET, reducing its carbon footprint by 21 percent compared to previous bottles.

A 100% recyclable PET bottle from Villavicencio, Argentina. Image credit: Recycling Today.

The Villavicencio bottles can be recycled multiple times, "helping to support the circular economy," Amko said. Most of the brand's packaging is made from PET, which it calls "easy to recycle mechanically or chemically in most markets, even if the container uses a label." Amko says removing the labels offers a greater opportunity to increase production of recycled PET resins.
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"As a long-term partner, we are delighted to support Danone's mission of making a positive impact on the environment and consumer health," said Juan Cazes, General Manager of Amco Argentina. "Over the past two years, we have worked closely to produce bottles that conform to the Villavicencio brand, while maintaining the same visual elements. We use the best quality materials to help consumers use safely, and with the help of consumers, once the bottle we make is recycled, it becomes another bottle."

Switzerland-based Amkor, a global leader in the development and production of responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal care and other products, said it was committed to all of its packaging being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.