Nestlé ramps up sustainable packaging transformation journey
Nestlé is escalating its actions to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and to reduce its use of virgin plastics by one-third in the same period.
As part of this, Nestlé has announced a series of new initiatives, including a USD $30 million (£22.7 million) investment to increase food-grade recycled plastics in the US.
Already, Nestlé has introduced various sustainable packaging initiatives such as:
- Transforming to paper packaging across various formats.
- Together with Project STOP, created a sustainable waste management system and helps reduce ocean plastic pollution in Indonesia.
- A trial to collect, sort and process soft plastics in Australia.
- A sustainable packaging education and training program for over 290,000 employees, to accelerate behaviour change and help the company meet its packaging objectives.
- Introduced a digital platform to help consumers dispose of their packaging waste appropriately in Italy, and many more.
From this, 87% of the company’s packaging is already recyclable or reusable.
Véronique Cremades-Mathis, Global Head of Sustainable Packaging, Nestlé, said: "We have made strides in our transformative journey towards a waste-free future, but we know that we have more work to do. As the world's largest food and beverage company, we're committed to putting our size and scale to work to tackle the packaging waste problem everywhere that we operate."
The development and testing of new, more environmentally friendly packaging materials is driven by the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences. It has around 50 scientists who conduct “cutting-edge” packaging research to ensure the safety and applicability of new materials.
Research outcomes include new refillable or reusable systems, simplified materials, high-performance barrier papers and the introduction of more recycled content to Nestlé's packaging.
Nestlé will continue to introduce alternative packaging materials and new delivery systems, invest in infrastructure and work with consumers to help solve the packaging waste challenge.