Nestlé Waters North America, Greenwich, Conn., received the 2010 Gold Connecticut Quality Improvement Award’s Innovation Prize for the latest edition of its Eco-Shape half-liter bottle. The bottle uses 25 percent less plastic than its predecessor, the company said.
The Eco-Shape bottle weighs an average of 9.3 grams, and the
latest edition uses 60 percent less plastic than the company’s pre-Eco-Shape
PET bottle, which was first introduced in the mid-1990s, Nestlé Waters said.
By using Eco-Shape, Nestlé Waters has reduced its carbon
emission equivalents by more than 356,000 tons since 2007, the company said.
The bottle also has a label that is on average 35 percent smaller than its
previous label, enabling the company to save 10 million pounds of paper each
year, it said.
The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award uses the Malcolm
Baldridge National Quality Award for Performance Excellence as criteria for the
award and seeks to advance innovative programs that improve quality,
performance and marketplace competitiveness.
“As a company that depends on
natural resources, sustainability is an integral part of our values and
business, and we understand that reducing the amount of plastic in our bottles
– or ‘lightweighting’ – is the best thing a beverage company can do to reduce
its environmental impact,” said Kevin Mathews, Nestlé Waters’ director of
health and environmental affairs, in a statement. “Our next-generation
Eco-Shape bottle is the latest step in our company’s long history of addressing
our products’ life cycle through innovation.”