ENVIRONMENTAL

Every effort delivers on a promise

CARBON FOOTPRINT

When you consume our products, not only do you consume water and hydrate yourself, but you do so in an environmentally friendly way. Thank you for helping us take care of our planet.

“We are committed to carbon neutrality because we are firmly convinced that it is the right thing to do. It is good for us, good for our associates and good for our customers.”

Antonio Alarcon
President, Eden Springs Europe

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
Leading the Market with Action Climate

Pure water, pure air.

Our European Route Based Services division, Eden Springs, is Europe’s largest certified CarbonNeutral® water and coffee services company.

CarbonNeutral® certification allows us to:

  • Offer our customers products produced with net zero carbon emissions
  • Source 100% renewable energy to cover the electricity consumption of all our European operations

PLASTIC FOOTPRINT

A longer bottle life means less plastic waste.

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Our three-gallon (11.3 liter) and five-gallon (18.9 liter) bottles are reused up to 50 times. At the end of their usable life, the bottles are typically recycled and used to make new products. One refillable five-gallon bottle of our water spares around 1,000 single-use 1L plastic water bottles.

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Over the last 10 years, our North American Route Based Services division, DS Services, has reduced the amount of plastic in U.S. and Canada-branded 0.5-liter bottles by more than 50% and the caps by 25%.

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We innovate to meet customer needs, such as when we introduced in the United States a new lightweight 1-gallon water bottle that uses less plastic.

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We also offer bio-degradable and recyclable cup options to all customers to reduce the use of plastic cups.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR AIMIA
FOODS DIVISION IN THE U.K.

In alignment with Cott’s commitment to sustainability, our Aimia Foods division in the U.K. has made meaningful progress in reducing the amount of packaging in its operations and increasing the use of recycled materials to mitigate our carbon footprint. Some of these initiatives are:

LIGHT WEIGHTING

In 2008, Aimia Foods was among the first companies in the U.K. to introduce lightweight pouches as an alternative to composites (tins) and jars.

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Incorporating more recycled materials in packaging

  • PET bottles – used for dilutable soft drinks will move to 51% recycled PET (RPET) content
  • PET cups and lids now contain 50% RPET content
  • Our packaging trays and outer cases are made using recycled papers
  • Subject to availability of recycled content we plan that our hot beverage plastic jars will contain 30% recycled content by the end of 2019

Reduction in the use of single use plastics and increasing the recyclability of packaging

  • Adoption of paper straws as a replacement for plastic straws
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Most (estimated 80% by weight) of our packaging is already fully recyclable

100% OF...

  • Our jars
  • Our bottles and bottle carry handles
  • Our metal tins / plastic lids for metal tins
  • Our board / cases

We are proud of our accomplishments on mitigating the impact of packaging and are always working on innovative sustainable solutions to further reduce our carbon footprint. We have ambitious goals to increase the amount of recycled materials we use in our operations and to develop new materials that will increase the amount of 100% recyclable packaging.

OTHER ACTIONS

to reduce our impact on the environment are the following:

  • Transport efficiency by optimizing delivery routes and frequency for all our transport vehicles
  • Recent vehicle purchases in the U.S. promise 40% increase in fuel productivity
  • Providing Energy Star compliant water coolers and commercial coffee brewers in the United States
  • Encouraging the disposal of cups into specific bins for recycling purposes
  • Use of hand-held devices to reduce paper use
  • Use of internet, emailing and electronic faxing and billing to reduce paper usage
  • Recycling all our office paper, newspapers, electronic equipment and batteries