“Orkla Latvija” has invested EUR 210,000 to implement a major sustainability project at the “Everest” production facility in Valdlauči at the end of 2019 in order to reduce the amount of plastic used in the manufacture of “Everest” water bottles. As of end-2019, “Everest” water is filled into plastic bottles of the same volume that nevertheless are lighter and have thinner walls, shorter neck and cap.
“Already since the early 2019, we have been filling water into lighter plastic bottles at the “Everest” production facility, but at the end of last year, we completed another project to cut the size of the neck and cap of the bottle, further reducing the amount of plastic used to make the bottles. The process required a thorough adjustment of the existing equipment, acquisition of new parts, as well as careful planning and testing to ensure that the bottles with less plastic can withstand a variety of conditions and reach consumers according to the highest quality standards,” emphasizes Lineta Mikša, “Orkla Latvija” Chief Communications Officer.
The project has been implemented as part of “Orkla Latvija’s” sustainability strategy, which stipulates operating according to responsible, ethical business principles aimed for long-term development throughout the supply chain, from production to the delivery of products to stores.
Production of “Everest” water in Valdlauči began in 1997. It is one of the first food production facilities in Latvia to implement internationally acknowledged quality management systems according to ISO 9001 and HACCP standards (food safety). “Everest” is drinking water obtained from 128-metre deep artesian wells.