Yeo Valley Organic Cream range

Our NEW 100% recyclable cream bottles

Monday 21st March 2022

You may have noticed that our organic Single and Double creams have had a packaging upgrade! We’ve switched from our previous tubs to rPET bottles, but why have we made the switch?

Read on to find the answers to your most-asked questions about this new packaging change and for more information about how we’re tackling the impact of our packaging.



In the UK, household plastics packaging collection recycling rates vary differently depending on your local authority. In 2019, only 85% of local authorities collected plastic tubs, compared to 100% for plastic bottles. This has inspired our packaging change to bottles.

Our previous cream tubs were made from PP plastic, which once recycled cannot be used for food or drink storage. Although the recycled plastic can be re-used to make things like garden furniture, we wanted to create more of a closed loop when it came to our packaging.  Which is why we have also switched to using PET plastic to make our bottles, which can be infinitely recycled! Currently our bottled are made from 50% rPET plastic, by using recycled plastic our packaging has a lower environmental impact as we’re not having to produce plastic from scratch.


Tethered Lid

Yeo Valley Organic Cream Recyclable Bottles
The tethered lid ensures the whole bottle can be recycled

Our bottles feature a tethered lid, meaning the lid stays connected to the bottle. This ensures that all parts of the packaging are recycled! Currently caps are often separated from the bottle and put into recycling separately, but lids are too small to be processed by recycling plants so end up in landfills. By having a tethered lid, we can ensure that both the bottle and cap will be recycled! From 2024 it will be mandatory in the EU for caps to be tethered, so we’re excited to be ahead of the curve on reducing the impact of our packaging.


Food Storage

Yeo Valley Carrot and Coriander Soup Recipe
Try our cream in this tasty Carrot & Coriander soup

At Yeo Valley we love to hear feedback from our customers on how we can improve our products. One of the biggest comments we received on our old cream tubs was that they tipped over easily in the fridge or didn’t fit nicely in the doors. Our new cream bottles fit perfectly in your fridge, and with the tethered lid there’s little risk of spillage!


Future Plans

We know that no packaging is perfect – that is why we are experimenting with multiple formats to see what works for you as consumers and with the UKs recycling capability. Our bottles are made of plastic, but they are widely recycled and can be infinitely reused helping reduce the amount of new plastic that needs to be produced. Over the comings years we’ll be making changes to our packaging to ensure that they reflect Yeo Valley’s value of sustainability.


Find out more about how we’re reducing the impact of our packaging here.


Photo credit: Studio Whisk

Comments on “Our NEW 100% recyclable cream bottles”

  • Really into recycling well done yeovalley and the cream is delicious.

    Anonymous on 12th June 2022 at 10:00 am

  • our council tells us to remove all lids from plastic bottles and put them separately into recycling bins. I will therefore have to rip them off the bottles!

    Su on 7th June 2022 at 4:37 pm


    David Sandall on 7th June 2022 at 2:56 pm

  • Love these, but since I’ve been purchasing them I’ve lost out on the yeokens as no code on them.

    Gill on 7th June 2022 at 2:06 pm

  • Love the bottles! Shame not to get yeokens from the cream though

    Anonymous on 7th June 2022 at 12:28 pm

  • Brilliant idea I will make sure I look for this

    Josie Wolton on 7th June 2022 at 12:20 pm

  • Brilliant thinking, I just wish I could have cream!!

    Cynthia Pabst on 7th June 2022 at 12:18 pm

  • Excellent idea. I didn’t realise that separate lids could not go for recycling.

    Anonymous on 7th June 2022 at 10:08 am

  • This is brilliant. I will look out for your cream bottles. I’m really keen on recycling.

    Claire Purser on 7th June 2022 at 8:37 am

  • Brilliant advance in a recycling project by a caring company well done Yeo

    Anonymous on 7th June 2022 at 8:29 am

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