The innovative bottle is suitable for being filled with carbonated beverages, and has a capacity of 500 milliliters. It tips the scales at a mere 9.9 grams – making it 30 to 45 per cent lighter than comparable PET containers on the market.
One of our paramount priorities is to develop containers that are both supremely marketable and at the same time eco-friendly. Like the “PET lite 9.9 carbonated”, which marries affordability to ecological awareness. Since it can be produced with minimal expenditure of energy and material, it’s a true lightweight, not least in terms of production costs and minimized environmental impact.
This is achieved, for example, by dividing up the bottle into several functional areas with different wall thicknesses. Most of the PET material is located in the upper part of the bottle, where it is held and opened. The walls in the lower section, by contrast, receive only half as much material. Nonetheless, the bottle is reassuringly stable for handling and consumers’ use, thanks to its sophisticatedly ingenious container geometry, in which we have left not a single square millimeter to chance. Further significant weight savings are achieved with the special neck finish, since in contrast to other PET bottles this one does not have a screw-cap, but a tear or peel ring-pull closure.
It is often said that 80 % of the environmental impacts of a product is determined in the design phase. However, if we are to minimize environmental impacts designers need to know the consequences of alternative designs. To design products and packaging for recycling at the end of their useful life, designers need to know what happens when waste is collected, sorted, and reprocessed.