Nestlé has developed two packaging solutions for its Vittel GO and Vittel Hybrid natural mineral water bottles.

Experts at the company’s research and development (R&D) centre for Waters in Vittel, France, obtained funding from its internal R&D ‘Shark-Tank’ initiative to develop the solutions.

These solutions are part of Nestlé’s efforts to reduce its use of virgin plastics by one-third by 2025.

The first solution is a reusable hard protective case for Vittel GO bottles, capable of holding 50cl refills of Vittel natural mineral water.

The second solution is a fully recyclable one-litre Vittel Hybrid bottle made from two types of materials.

The first material is an ultra-thin plastic bottle made completely with recycled content, which uses half as much plastic as a classic one-litre bottle.

This plastic layer is surrounded by a fibre-based material made from fully recycled cardboard and old newspapers.

The flexible, light water bottles are produced using as little plastic as possible. Nestlé recommends they be used together with the protective case to make it easier to drink the water.

The hybrid bottle was developed in collaboration with Ecologic Powered by Jabil, a Californian start-up.

Packaging experts at Nestlé are currently developing a tearing system to allow consumers to easily separate the paper and plastic components of used bottles for recycling.

Both solutions will be made available for consumer testing in France next month.

In April, Nestlé switched its world-famous Smarties confectionary brand to a recyclable paper packaging solution in Australia.

The packaging, which can be collected in kerbside recycling bins, has been manufactured from sustainably sourced thermoformable paper.

This move was made possible by packaging company Amcor, which worked closely with Nestlé to develop the packaging using its global research and development resources.