In six years, all packaging from Nestlé will be recyclable or reusable
In six years, all packaging from Nestlé will be recyclable or reusable

Nestlé details plan to hit 2025 sustainable packaging goals

16 January 2019

Nestlé will form partnerships with sustainable packaging pioneers as part of its actions to meet its 2018 commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

The food and drink company, has initiated a series of actions to set itself on a sustainable, waste-free path that will phase out all plastics that are not recyclable or are hard to recycle for global products between 2020 and 2025.

As part of the plan the company has collaborated with Danimer Scientific, PureCycle Technologies, and the Project STOP initiative. And in December 2018, it established its Institute of Packaging Sciences to develop sustainable packaging using paper-based materials and biodegradable/compostable polymers.

Nestlé revealed the measures come under three policies: pioneering alternative materials; shaping a waste-free future; and driving new behaviour.  

Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said: “Our broader vision and action plan outline our commitment and specific approach to addressing the plastics packaging waste issue. While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100% recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis. We need to push the boundaries and do more.

“We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now. We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers, in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist.”

Starting in February 2019, all plastic straws will be replaced with alternative materials such as paper. The chocolate-flavored milk brand, Nesquik, will begin to use paper packaging in early 2019, while the Yes! snack bar will change to paper at the end of 2019. Smarties will start to use plastic-free packaging in 2019 and the Milo drink mix will introduce paper-based pouches in 2020, said Nestlé.

Nestlé Waters plans to increase the recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) content in its bottles to 35% by 2025 worldwide. PET is a type of plastic resin and form of polyester which can be recycled into lower grade products. US and European PET content will reach 50% by 2025, specifically including the brands Poland Spring, Aqua Panna, Buxton, Henniez, and Levissima.

The measures include collaborating with external partners who can help create new packaging materials or sustainable strategies. Nestlé has announced global partnerships with Danimer Scientific, to develop a marine biodegradable and recyclable bottle for its water business, and PureCycle Technologies, to produce food-grade recycled polypropylene (PP).

Nestlé is partnering with Indonesian initiative, Project STOP, to clean the ocean of waste.

“Project STOP is creating sustainable, circular and low-cost waste systems that capture as much value from waste as possible. It supports the many existing local initiatives and informal waste pickers in Indonesia’s coastal areas. Over the coming months, we will take the learnings from this project to other countries where we operate in an effort to deliver ‘plastic neutrality’ in those markets,” said Nestlé.

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