Sustainability with bottled huel

Hola!

I love the product and all of that, but it really freaks me out how much a plastic I produce by having bottled huel.

Could you please consider sending bottled huel in a form that’s easy for customers to send back for you to reuse the bottles?

Like, increase the price a little bit, but then if the customer sent the thing back - return the difference to their account?

Otherwise I am really thinking of just saying no to entire category of bottled huel drinks just for the plastic waste.

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Hi Ivan

you cannot reuse PET bottles for refilling with the same product - they aren’t safely designed for that. the best option is to put them into the correct recycling stream as they are already using recycled PET in the production - the more recycled PET resin that becomes available - the higher the amount of it can be used in producing new bottles :slight_smile:

What is the reason you don’t use the powder instead?

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Hey Ivan, welcome to the forum. RTD certainly uses the most amount of plastic per 400kcal compared to other Huel meals. All our RTDs are made of PET, including 51% recycled PET.

As Phil, the bottles cannot be washed out and made sterile for further use, it would not be fit for consumption.

However I would want to draw attention to the lifecycle of such a process. You would have:

  • Emissions from transport
  • Water usage from cleaning
  • Probably energy and heat from cleaning too

It might seem like a really simple solution, but when we look at sustainability we must be careful to look at the whole lifecycle and impact fully. What might seem like a great thing, reusing plastic, may be net-negative for the environment with all factors considered. We believe it’s possible to use plastic responsibly, to achieve a circular economy where the value of packaging is realised to it’s full potential and the RTD is widely recycled curbside.

Hope that makes sense and I love that you are looking for more sustainable ways to live your life. Keep it up! :earth_africa:

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