The Co-operative Group has become the first retailer in the UK to roll out 100% rPET plastic bottles across its own-brand range of carbonated drinks and mixers.

The new bottles, made from recycled plastic, are being used in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions by 1,212 tonnes and will save 808 tonnes of new plastic from being made per annum, the company said today (21 July).

"Our members and customers have told us they want to see action on packaging, so we are delighted to be the first major retailer to roll out 100% rPET bottles across our carbonated drinks and mixers range," said Debbie Robinson, director of food retail marketing at The Co-operative.

The consumer-owned retailer said it hopes to roll out rPET bottles across its entire own-brand beverage range where PET plastic bottles are used.

The switch to rPET follows the launch of The Co-operative's Food Ethical Policy earlier this year. Over 100,000 members and customers said action to safeguard the environment was one of their top priorities. As a result, the retailer announced that it was reducing the weight of its own-brand wine bottles.