ALPLA and Vös­lauer reduce carbon foot­print with returnable PET

Rein­tro­duc­tion of the returnable PET bottle to the Aus­trian market

Hard, 2 May 2022 – The ALPLA Group, the global pack­a­ging solu­tions and recy­cling spe­cia­list, has deve­loped a new returnable PET bottle tog­e­ther with Vös­lauer, Austria’s lea­ding com­pany in the mineral water market. The sus­tainable bottle reduces carbon emis­sions by around 30 per cent and bottle weight by almost 90 per cent in com­pa­rison to the reusable alter­na­tive made of glass. The one-litre bot­tles are now available in stores.

Resource-conserving, light, stable and visually appe­aling – ALPLA has rea­lised the first modern returnable PET bottle for the Aus­trian market tog­e­ther with Vös­lauer. Fol­lo­wing the 2018 intro­duc­tion of a climate-friendly bottle made enti­rely of recy­cled PET, the two family-owned enter­prises are now rol­ling out their next inno­va­tive solu­tion – a one-litre returnable PET bottle. The bottle, which bears the Aus­trian Eco­label, is made of fully recy­clable PET mono­ma­te­rial with a recy­c­late pro­por­tion of around 30 per cent. Going through at least twelve usage cycles, the bot­tles are esti­mated to remain in use for three to four years.

The bottle was unveiled on 20 April 2022 in the pre­sence of Austria’s Envi­ron­ment Minister Leo­nore Gewessler and Alex­ander Egit, Mana­ging Director of Green­peace in Cen­tral and Eas­tern Europe. ‘The majo­rity of Aus­trians want to see returnable con­tai­ners on the super­market shelves. PET is the envi­ron­men­tally sen­sible addi­tion to our pro­duct range. As the market leader in the deposit seg­ment, we are the first com­pany in Aus­tria to create a light and prac­tical alter­na­tive,’ explain the two Vös­lauer Mana­ging Direc­tors Birgit Aichinger and Her­bert Schloss­nikl. The new pro­duct replaces the pre­vious one-litre two-way PET bottle with a deposit.

Light, stable, climate-friendly
‘People want to con­sume sus­tain­ably. Alt­hough returnable PET is the optimum pack­a­ging solu­tion, there wasn’t a single pro­duct of this kind in the Aus­trian market until now. The returnable PET bottle deve­loped tog­e­ther with Vös­lauer illus­trates how demand, a sense of respon­si­bi­lity, a hunger for inno­va­tion and tech­no­lo­gical exper­tise can reduce the carbon foot­print,’ empha­sises Rainer Widmar, Mana­ging Director, Cen­tral and Eas­tern Europe, at ALPLA.

Weig­hing just 55 grams, the bottle deve­loped by ALPLA is around 90 per cent lighter than the returnable glass alter­na­tive, redu­cing the carbon foot­print by appro­xi­m­ately 30 per cent. The low weight has a posi­tive influence on pro­duc­tion, ship­ment and sto­rage of the con­tai­ners. With the intro­duc­tion of the returnable PET bottle, Vös­lauer will make an annual saving of appro­xi­m­ately 400 tonnes of mate­rial and 420 tonnes of CO2.


About the ALPLA Group
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging and recycling. Around 22,100 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps and moulded parts at 177 sites across 45 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household cleaning products, detergents and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.

ALPLA operates recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Romania and Thailand. Other projects are being realised elsewhere around the world.


About Vöslauer Mineralwasser GmbH
Vöslauer Mineralwasser GmbH based in Bad Vöslau in Lower Austria is the clear number one in the Austrian mineral water market with a market share of over 40 per cent. Vöslauer sees sustainable and resource-conserving production as an important corporate responsibility. All of Vöslauer’s single-use PET bottles are already made entirely of rPET (recycled bottles) and the company has been carbon-neutral since the beginning of 2020. This means the company has itself reduced its carbon emissions by 50 per cent in comparison to 2005, while it offsets the other 50 per cent. In addition, it continues to expand its range of returnable products. Vöslauer is the first mineral water company to offer a 0.5-litre returnable glass bottle and, since April 2022, so far the first company in Austria to offer a returnable PET bottle.


Infor­ma­tion for editorial
ALPLA, Erik Nielsen (Senior Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Manager), tel.: +43 (0)5574 6021 701, email:
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Joshua Köb, tel.: +43 (0)5574 44715 22, email: