One of the leading producers of infinitely recyclable aluminium beverage cans, Ball Beverage Packaging India has applauded the move by FSSAI to pave the way for packaging drinking water in non-transparent packaging solutions such as Aluminium Beverage cans. This is expected to not only address issues on the sustainability front, including contributing to the initiative of Government to regulate single use plastics, but also provide the end consumer with an eco-friendly alternative.

The Aluminium Beverage Can manufacturers had written to FSSAI for making necessary regulatory changes in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations 2018 with respect to Packaged Drinking Water. This was in line with the recommendation by National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the suggestions made by the Expert Committee, which had representatives from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), FSSAI, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Director General of Health Services (DGHS) in 2019, to remove the restriction on the use of non-transparent bottle for packaging drinking water to enable businesses to explore alternatives other than the PET currently in use.

Developed countries in North America and Europe have widely adopted packaged drinking water in aluminium cans and brands are now launching water in aluminium cans in developing countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil.

Amit Lahoti, Senior Director & General Manager – Asia, Ball Beverage Packaging, who had commented on the development, stated – “We will offer our customers in the packaged water space innovative aluminium cans as a sustainable packaging material. Cans are infinitely recyclable, lightweight, tamper proof stackable and strong, allowing brands to package and transport more beverages using less material.”

Ankur Chawla, Co-Founder, Responsible Whatr stated – “As a hotelier, it’s always been a challenge to move away from single-use plastic particularly in a few volume-driven spaces like banquets, rooms. The challenge is very prominent even in industries like cinemas, airlines and many more. However, the option of serving water in endlessly and infinitely recyclable aluminium cans is surely a step in the right direction. Moreover, aluminium cans are the perfect packaging solution to keep the freshness of the natural spring water from the Himalayas intact and the taste of the water doesn’t deteriorate, since there is no exposure to light. We thank FSSAI for bringing this regulation.”

Kartik Rajput, Director, Volnaa Beverages, stated – “Sustainability is the foundation of our firm with a conscious aim on reducing the usage of single-use plastic. The FSSAI notification will further strengthen our vision and focus to make the packaged water industry more eco-friendly and at the same time give consumer a sustainable packaging option.”

Aluminium beverage cans are the most widely recycled beverage package in the world at an average of 69%. They can be recycled over and over with marginal losses, regardless of colour, finish and designs and contribute to a truly circular economy. 75% of the aluminium ever produced is still in use today.

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