How the Beverage Industry is Moving Towards Sustainability

This article explores the key initiatives and trends driving sustainability in the beverage industry to reduce its environmental footprint.

In recent years, the global beverage industry has been under increasing scrutiny due to its environmental impact. From plastic waste to water usage, the sector has faced mounting pressure to adopt sustainable practices. However, the tides are changing, and a growing number of beverage companies are taking proactive steps to address these concerns and move toward sustainability. 

What is Involved in Sustainability for Food & Beverage Companies?

  • Reducing waste
  • Cutting pollution and emissions
  • Minimizing impact on the environment
  • Lowering energy and water consumption
  • Promoting a greater range of healthy products

Sustainable Packaging 

Packaging plays a crucial role in the food and beverage industry, impacting every stage of a product’s life cycle. Green packaging also referred to as eco-friendly or sustainable packaging, encompasses packaging designs that have minimal environmental impact. These designs aim to reduce packaging waste and utilize sustainable materials like recyclable or biodegradable elements, while also incorporating renewable energy during production. Common materials used for producing green packaging include plant-based plastics, recycled paper, and reused polyethylene (PE) bags.

Glass bottles are being replaced by PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles due to their energy-efficient production and transportation. 

Another innovative option is cellulose-fiber material paper bottles, which are created by layering recycled paperboards with water-based glue. These bottles are 94% chemical-free and weigh five times less than glass bottles. 

An environmentally friendly alternative to aluminum cans is a paper-based beverage packaging system. This initiative offers a packaging solution that is 30% more eco-friendly than aluminum or PET. 

Recycling and Circular Economy

Beverage companies are increasingly recognizing the importance of a circular economy, which aims to keep materials in use for as long as possible through recycling and reusing. They are collaborating with recycling partners and investing in infrastructure to improve recycling rates. Some companies have even launched their own bottle-to-bottle recycling programs, where discarded bottles are collected, processed, and turned into new packaging materials. By embracing the principles of the circular economy, the beverage industry is working to minimize waste and reduce its environmental impact.

Water Conservation

Water is a critical resource in beverage production, and companies are becoming more mindful of their water usage. Through technological advancements and operational improvements, manufacturers are implementing water-saving measures at every stage of production. This includes the adoption of water-efficient processes, such as advanced filtration systems and closed-loop systems that recycle water for multiple uses. 

Sustainable Sourcing

The sustainability efforts of the beverage industry extend beyond packaging and production. Companies are increasingly focusing on sustainable sourcing practices to ensure the long-term availability of key ingredients. This involves working closely with farmers and suppliers to promote sustainable agricultural practices, such as organic farming, fair trade, and responsible land management. By supporting sustainable sourcing, beverage companies are also enhancing the livelihoods of communities involved in the supply chain.

In a recent collaboration, Givaudan and Manus Bio introduced BioNootkatone, a natural and clean-label citrus flavor suitable for various beverages. This innovative product utilizes a non-GMO sugar source and has been hailed by the company as the most efficient and environmentally friendly natural nootkatone option currently available in the market.

Renewable Energy

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a vital aspect of sustainability, and the beverage industry is actively pursuing renewable energy sources to power its operations. Solar and wind energy installations are becoming increasingly common across manufacturing facilities, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the industry. Some companies have even set ambitious goals to achieve 100% renewable energy usage, driving the demand for renewable energy infrastructure and contributing to the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Plastic Neutrality

Some food & beverage brands in India have collaborated with The Disposal Company to reduce plastic waste from the environment through plastic neutrality. It means that for every amount of plastic created by a brand’s packaging, an equal amount of plastic waste is retrieved from landfills or prevented from entering the ecosystem.

The brands like Go Desi, Wicked Gud, Naagin Sauce, Tea Trunk, Slurrp Farm, Flavure, and Sudo Foods have adopted plastic neutrality.

Consumer Education and Engagement

Companies are also prioritizing consumer education and engagement to foster more sustainable consumption patterns. Through transparent labeling and marketing campaigns, beverage companies are informing consumers about their sustainability initiatives and encouraging responsible choices. This includes promoting reusable bottles, offering refill stations, and raising awareness about the importance of recycling. By empowering consumers, the industry is creating a collective effort to drive sustainability across the entire value chain.


The beverage industry is undergoing a significant transformation as it embraces sustainability as a core value. While challenges remain, the shift towards sustainability within the industry is a positive sign, demonstrating that businesses can prioritize both profitability and the planet’s well-being. By continuing to invest in innovative solutions and collaborating with stakeholders, the beverage industry can lead the way toward a more sustainable future.

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Mousona Poddar

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