Nestle Waters North America has introduced an environmentally-friendly bottle that weighs 15% less than those currently on the market.

Speaking to just-drinks today (18 April), a spokesperson for the company said: "The eco-bottle has been designed using 30% less plastic than other brands."

Nestle Waters chief executive Kim Jeffery added: "The 12.5-gram bottle, which took two years to create, will help save 65m lbs of plastic resin a year. Other bottles on the market can weigh 25 grams or more. The company has one more, lighter version planned before it reaches its limit in making bottles lighter. As the leader in the bottled water category, we also want to be the leader in reducing our environmental footprint."

The new PET bottle is now being sold under the Ozarka and Arrowhead brands and will be phased in under other brands in the region throughout this year.