recycling activists

going round in circles

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A game of swingball. Dad jokes. Planet Earth. We like it when things go round in circles, and we want our bottles to do the same. Ever since we started, we’ve been on a quest to get healthy drinks into people’s hands (and bodies) while keeping the planet healthy at the same time. At the moment, plastic bottles are the most sustainable way of doing that. They're easy to recycle, have a lower carbon footprint than glass and we firmly believe they’re the right choice when it comes to tackling the huge issue of climate change. To prove that plastic doesn't have to be rubbish, we're on a mission to collect and recycle every bottle we make by 2030. Watch this space.

our most sustainable bottles yet

You won’t be able to tell from looking at them, but our smoothie bottles are the most sustainable ones we’ve created yet. They’re made from 50% recycled plastic, 15% plant plastic (which comes from a by-product of sugar cane) and are 100% recyclable. We’re on the case to make them even more sustainable, and so far it’s looking good.

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the story so far


We start thinking about the impact our bottles have on the planet and launch our first 25% recycled plastic (rPET) bottle. Big moment.

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We hit 50% recycled plastic in all of our bottles, except one which we trial in PLA – a compostable plastic.

50% rpet bottle


We test drive the world's first food grade 100% rPET bottle. It's a great achievement and a great idea in theory, but the quality wasn't quite up to scratch.

100% rpet bottle


We have to pull back to 35% rPET because the quality of the bottles isn't good enough. We get some advice from our friends at WRAP.

35% rpet bottle


We work hard to improve our bottles and get some of them back up to 50% recycled plastic. Happy days.

50% rpet bottle


We make our most sustainable bottle yet from 50% recycled and 15% plant plastic. It’s the greatest bottle we’ve ever seen.

50% rpet bottle 2018


We get all of our juice and smoothie bottles up to at least 50% rPET.

50% rpet bottles 2020


We’re busy working on our greenest bottle yet. It'll be 50% plant plastic, 50% recycled plastic, and 100% recyclable. Take a peak at it here.

100% recyclable bottle 2025-2030

conveniently all beginning with 'r'

reduce, recover, recycle and redesign

In our eyes, the world is facing two big challenges: climate change and plastic pollution. Luckily, there’s a way to tackle them both and it’s called ‘the circular economy’ (we’re still working on a catchier title). The circular economy is all about treating plastic with the respect it deserves. That means using less of it, not littering it, then recycling it over and over and over and ov– you get the idea. Here's how we're planning to reduce, recover, recycle and redesign.


cutting out 2,500 tonnes of plastic

Using recycled and plant-based plastic is helping us keep our carbon footprint light. Now we're aiming to reduce the amount of plastic in each bottle by cutting out 2,500 tonnes of plastic by 2023.


working together to make plastic better

We can only fix the problem of plastic pollution if we team up with lots of different people and organisations. That's why we're founding members of the UK Plastics Pact, one of the founding signatories of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, and doing everything we can to support deposit return schemes (DRS) all across Europe. We're now part of schemes in Denmark and Sweden, and campaigning to be part of one in Germany too.

plastic pact


an easy guide to recycling our packaging

recycling guide


the bottles of tomorrow

We're always looking for inventive ways to improve our packaging. Over the years, we've come up with some pretty great ideas – although most of them were a bit too pioneering for their own good.

Right now, plastic is one of the lowest carbon ways we can get our drinks to people. That means it's a good material for tackling climate change and reaching our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. But just because it's the one of the best options at the moment, that doesn't mean it always will be. We have a team of people here at innocent who are working tirelessly to find new and exciting ways to make our packaging more sustainable. Until they find the perfect solution (no pressure or anything), we'll keep pushing to make all our bottles from 100% renewable or recycled material* by 2030 at the latest.

As we speak, we're working on an even more sustainable bottle that's made from 50% recycled plastic and 50% plant plastic. It's easy to recycle, low carbon, has absolutely no virgin oil-based plastic in it, and no one's ever made one like it before. Because it mixes plant plastic and recycled plastic, it can be recycled more times than a 100% recycled plastic bottle can. So if people keep popping it in the right bin, we'll keep turning it back into bottles. If you want to know more about this plastic wizardry, drop us a line.

*that means we won't use any virgin oil-based plastic

redesign bottle

want the nitty gritty?

Plastic and recycling is a knotty old subject. Find out what questions we've been asked and how we've answered them.

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