Are wine bottles recyclable
We take responsibility
hella takes responsibility and pays attention to the environment. Under the motto "From old to new" For example, we use recycled materials and conserve resources by reducing our use of materials.
Our hella PET non-returnable bottles and also our hella returnable glass bottles are closed 100% recyclable.
Recycled PET and reusable glass
We use PET bottles in all hella recycled PET and for our returnable glass bottles over 50% waste glass.
Conservation of resources
We pay attention to the conservation of resources by using recycled material as well as by reducing the use of materials.
100% recyclable bottles
PET non-returnable bottles
Our PET bottles are 100% recyclable. This means that your material gets a new "life" after it has passed through the recycling cycle. Most old PET bottles are turned into new drinks bottles. The recycled fasteners and labels usually make other things. The prerequisite for this is, of course, that the empty bottles are not simply thrown away, but that they find their way into the deposit system by returning them in the trade. This works very well in Germany with 97%. The companies that subsequently process the PET are subject to strict EU requirements, compliance with which is regularly checked.
Reusable glass bottles
We use at least 50 percent recycled glass for our hella individual glass bottles with their unmistakable bottle shape in the hella look. The aluminum closures are just as recyclable as the bottles themselves, although after recycling they are no longer used for food packaging, but for other purposes. We made a conscious decision to use environmentally friendly paper for the labels.
Use of rPET for all PET bottles
Make new out of old - recycled materials for the best of the environment. We want to start where we can make the most difference. For us, this means above all: Use more materials that have a long life cycle. That is why we use so-called recyclate, i.e. recycled PET, for our PET bottles. The proportion of recyclate in our bottles is currently 30%. We will gradually increase this in the following years. We produce both the PET blanks and the bottles made from them ourselves. We have full control over the quality and can ensure that every hella bottle meets our requirements. In order to be able to manufacture our bottles with recycled content, we have also made some changes and expansions in our production. We see the resulting costs as a worthwhile investment in a more environmentally friendly future. Of course, the hella bottles themselves are 100% recyclable and therefore ready for a new life as soon as they have been drunk and fed into the recycling system.
Min. 50% recyclate for all six-pack films
Make new out of old - recycled materials for the best of the environment. We want to start where we can make the most difference. For us, this means above all: Use more materials that have a long life cycle. This is why the film that holds our six-packs together will consist of at least 50% recycled material, so-called post-consumer recyclate, or PCR for short, from 2021. We also use so-called recycled material, i.e. recycled PET, for our PET bottles. The proportion of recyclate in our bottles is currently 30%. We will gradually increase this in the following years. Of course, the hella bottles themselves are 100% recyclable and therefore ready for a new life as soon as they have been drunk and fed into the recycling system. It's so easy for us to turn old into new.
Reduction in the use of materials
Less is more - wherever we can, we reduce the use of materials. We continuously check where we can get by with less packaging material and implement potential savings promptly. For example, we now need 7% less PET for the production of our 1.5 liter bottles than before. This of course also reduces the weight per bottle, which has a positive effect on transport and ultimately also on CO2 efficiency. By reducing the weight of the PET blanks, we save 52 tons of PET per year, for example. We also pursue the approach less is more in other areas - for example with the so-called wrapping film that holds our bottles together on the pallets during transport. We made a conscious decision to use a thinner film, which is also wrapped around the pallets less frequently. We are convinced that even such seemingly small steps can make a valuable contribution to the big picture.
hella is now also relying on reusable glass
Crystal clear - we rely on reusable and material diversity
We want to offer our customers the greatest possible freedom of choice - not only in terms of taste, but also in terms of bottle material. This is why our three types of mineral water, "hella classic", "hella medium" and "hella naturell", are now also available as 0.7 liter returnable glass bottles in addition to the PET bottle - naturally with the characteristic hella look. In future, every hella customer will be able to decide for himself which variant to use: the reusable glass bottle or the light, disposable PET alternative. By the way: within the reusable deposit system, our glass bottles - provided they are handled well - can be refilled up to 50 times during their lifetime and provide so many refreshing moments. And of course our hella PET bottles are also 100% recyclable after they have been drunk and fed into the recycling system.
Up to 50 refills with reusable glass
The new, individual hella bottles are reusable glass, which means they are part of the tried and tested deposit system and - provided they are handled well - are refilled many times over their lifespan and provide so many refreshing moments. We aim for up to 50 filling cycles.
Over 50% waste glass in every returnable glass bottle
For us, resource conservation begins with production. Overall, we use at least 50 percent old glass for the production of new, individual hella returnable glass bottles. In some cases, broken pieces from our own bottles are also used. They come from returned returnable bottles that can no longer be refilled due to damage or obsolescence and have therefore been sorted out in our regular quality inspections.
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