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Nestlé's Vision for Sustainable Packaging

2019-03-21 09:26 Thursday

Walt Peterson, Nestlé's sustainability manager for packaging in the United States, discussed Nestlé's sustainable goal of 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025 by avoiding plastic waste.

 Nestlé's Sustainable Packaging

2019 is set to be an iconic year with ambitious sustainable packaging initiatives, projects and partnerships with major brands. The poster child for this is Nestlé, which in mid-January laid out its vision and plans to accelerate the global supplier of packaged foods' sustainable packaging goals.

Highlights include:

Starting in February 2019, Nestlé will eliminate all plastic straws from its products, use alternative materials such as paper and adopt innovative designs to reduce littering

Nestlé will also begin rolling out paper packaging for Nesquik in the first quarter of 2019. Smarties will start selling plastic-free packaging in 2019, while Milo will launch paper packaging in 2020.

By 2025, Nestlé will increase the recycling rate of PET bottles worldwide to 35%, in the United States to 50%, and Nestlé will increase the recycling rate of PET bottles in Europe to 50%.

The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences is developing new paper-based materials and biodegradable or compostable polymers that are also recyclable and alternatives to plastic packaging. This can be a valuable option where the recycling infrastructure does not yet exist or will not be available for some time.

Nestlé began to cooperate with PureCycle Technologies to produce food-grade recyclable polypropylene (PP) by using plastic waste materials.

"Our vision is that none of our packaging, including plastic, should end up in landfills or dumpsters," Walt Peterson said in an interview. A large number of Nestlé's packaged products are already recyclable in the United States. In the short term, Nestlé will continue to play an active role in developing well-functioning collection, sorting and recycling systems.

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