Nestlé to unveil 100% recyclable, reusable packaging by 2025
In a bid to achieving a waste-free future, Nestlé is intensifying its actions to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, thus, reducing its use of virgin plastics by one-third in the same period.
Véronique Cremades-Mathis, Global Head of Sustainable Packaging, Nestlé, said, "the company announced a series of new initiatives that include a USD 30 million investment to increase food-grade recycled plastics in the US, a refillable system for pet food in Chile and first-of-its-kind recyclable paper packaging for Maggi bouillon cubes in France. Eighty-seven percent of Nestlé’s packaging is already recyclable or reusable."
Cremades-Mathis added, "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.
"Even as COVID-19 has presented more challenges, the company’s commitment to sustainable packaging remains the same. Nestlé continues to play a leading role in helping solve the issue of plastic pollution through its three-pillar approach launched in January 2019: Pillar one which involves developing new packaging transitioning to paper packaging across various formats."
Cremades-Mathis said in the second pillar, Nestlé is advocating for the design and implementation of affordable and effective mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility schemes, adding that it has identified 20 countries, accounting for 50 percent of the company’s plastic usage, where the company will support recycling rates and waste management infrastructure.
While in the third pillar, the Global Head of Sustainable Packaging for Nestlé said it includes driving new behavior, as it is rolling out a sustainable packaging education and training program for over 290,000 employees, to accelerate behavior change and help the company meets its packaging objectives.
Additionally, the company announced that it is seeking to identify and support innovative solutions through the Nestlé Creating Shared Value, CSV Prize, which launches 30 September. In partnership with the non-profit organization Ashoka, the Nestlé CSV Prize will award CHF 250 000 in grants for system change innovations in areas such as alternative delivery systems and ground-up solutions to tackle plastic waste.
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.