Glass packaging leader O-I is making significant strides in water conservation through a multi-pronged approach that includes water recycling, process optimisation, and collaboration.

O-I said it recognises water as a vital resource and is committed to reducing its water consumption by 25% in high and extremely high-water scarcity markets by 2030. This commitment goes beyond regulatory compliance and reflects a deep-seated ethos of environmental responsibility.

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Glass production utilises water for cooling, cleaning, and other operational needs.

O-I said it tackles water usage through a focus on recycling and reuse. Wastewater from production undergoes treatment to remove contaminants, allowing it to be safely reintegrated into operations. This significantly reduces freshwater intake and minimises discharge volumes.

The glass manufacturer continuously monitors and improves its production processes to minimise water usage without compromising quality. This involves fine-tuning equipment settings, optimising cooling systems, and adopting water-saving practices throughout the bottle-making process.

To further water reduction efforts, all O-I plants will complete water balance studies by 2026 to identify areas for improvement.

O-I recognises that water conservation requires collaboration. The company actively engages with suppliers to promote sustainable practices and encourages customers to return and recycle glass bottles.

Building partnerships with local communities, governments, and environmental organisations fosters knowledge sharing and collective action towards shared water conservation goals.

The company asserted its commitment to research and development of innovative water management technologies.

From water-saving equipment upgrades to exploring alternative materials and processes, O-I’s MAGMA innovation platform fuels advancements that reduce water consumption, minimise waste, and enhance environmental performance. Recent investments in water innovation have resulted in millions of dollars in capital expenditure for over 100 global projects.

Examples of O-I’s success

  • The Jaroslaw, Poland plant implemented oil-water separator technology, reducing waste to water generation by 400 tonnes.
  • The Bari, Italy plant installed stormwater recovery equipment, capturing 1 million litres within a year.
  • The San Polo, Italy plant adopted water reduction measures, including a closed-loop water system and modern water fixtures.

O-I said it views water resource management as a collective obligation for businesses to ensure the well-being of future generations.

By embracing sustainable practices, innovation, and collaboration, O-I believes it can play a pivotal role in preserving water resources for a sustainable future.