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Packaging and Circular Economy



ThaiBev has worked to create new recycling opportunities post-consumption, as another way to increase resource efficiency and reduce waste, especially with primary packaging materials such as glass, paper, aluminium cans, and PET bottles. ThaiBev even has a subsidiary, Thai Beverage Recycle Co., Ltd. (TBR), that is dedicated to the collection of post-consumption packaging for reuse or recycling.
ThaiBev adheres to the circular economy principle and considers all environmental and social impacts arising from its packaging, from design to post-consumption packaging management. To help achieve more sustainable packaging management, ThaiBev focuses on five actions:
  • Optimization of packaging weight and volume
  • Post-consumption packaging collection and sorting
  • Reuse and recycle
  • Innovation and product design
  • Stakeholder collaboration
Towards 2025 and Beyond
ThaiBev has succeeded in receiving group-wide commitments to its various programmes that address environmental impacts related to packaging.

Reused 1,277
million glass bottles and
Recycled 207,688
tons of cullet, representing 82%* of products sold in Thailand**

Recycled 103,789.96
tons of corrugated cartons, representing
of the company's paper packaging consumption in Thailand

Recycled 1,803.00
tons of aluminium cans, representing
30%* of products
sold in Thailand

Recycled 3,188.49
tons of PET bottles, representing
10%* of products
sold in Thailand
*based on packaging weight of sales volume
**Include returnable glass bottles used by Spirits, Beer and Non-alcoholic beverage groups
2021 Highlight

“Bring Back-Recycle”
TBR launched the “Bring Back-Recycle” programme in FY 2019 and organized engagement activities to encourage end users to participate in waste-sorting so that post-consumption packaging can be properly managed. This campaign started off as an internal recycling campaign, in which employees were encouraged to separate recyclable post-consumption packaging and donate proceeds to ThaiBev’s employees’ fund. Moreover, to allow ThaiBev’s consumers to properly manage post-consumption packaging, TBR has created a database for recycling drop-off points at www.bringbackrecycle.com/recycle. The database currently features more than 860 drop points for recyclable post-consumption packaging, such as PET bottles, HDPE bottle caps, aluminium cans, and stretchable plastics, i.e. plastic bags and films made of LDPE. Consumers can also access the database via a QR code on Chang-brand packaging.
Creating Value through Recycled Materials

Creating demand for post-consumption packaging is a key driver in sustainable packaging management under the circular economy model. ThaiBev sees opportunities to explore the use of recycled PET (rPET) in other applications, such as textiles, in order to create value for post-consumption PET bottles and encourage proper recycling of PET through upcycling. One of ThaiBev’s most prominent efforts over the past two years involved retrieving over 15.2 million post-consumption PET bottles and upcycling them into 400,000 rPET blankets. In addition to the blankets, ThaiBev has also helped to fuel demand through partnership programmes to upcycle rPET into textile products, such as tote bag souvenirs at the Thailand Sustainability Expo and football jerseys for Buriram United.