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Published On: Wed, Sep 9th, 2020

Sustainability: Nestlé unveils actions for waste-free packaging transformation

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Nestlé, the world’s largest food & beverage company, says it is intensifying actions to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
According to the company, it is also intensifying actions to reduce its use of virgin plastics by one-third in the same period.
Nestlé at a virtual Media Event on Nestle’s Packaging Progress on Tuesday announced a series of new initiatives that include a 30 million dollars investment to increase food-grade recycled plastics in the U.S.
The initiatives also include a refillable system for pet food in Chile and a first-of-its-kind recyclable paper packaging for Maggi bouillon cubes in France.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the virtual event connected the people working on the frontline of Nestle’s sustainable packaging to shape a waste-free future.
The event was hosted by Nestlé ‘s Executive Vice-President and Head of Operations, Magdi Batato; Chief Technology Officer, Stefan Palzer and Vice-President of Sustainable Packaging, Véronique Cremades-Mathis.
The meeting announced the first investment of Nestlé ‘s sustainable packaging venture fund, discussed progress made, updates on pilot projects on refillable and reusable packaging as well as other innovation.
Véronique Cremades-Mathis, Global Head of Sustainable Packaging, Nestlé, said: “ Currently, 87 per cent of Nestlé’s packaging is already recyclable or reusable.
“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.”
According to the company, even as COVID-19 has presented more challenges, the company’s commitment to sustainable packaging remains the same.
Also, a statement by Nestlé, said that the company had continued to play a leading role in helping to solve the issue of plastic pollution through its three-pillar approach launched in January 2019.
“Pillar One includes developing new packaging, transitioning to paper packaging across various formats.
“For example, Smarties sharing block, a popular color-coated chocolate confectionery product, is available in a recyclable paper wrapper in the U.K.
“Nestlé’s water business has doubled the amount of rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate or recycled PET) used since 2019 across its still water portfolio in the U.S. to 16.5 per cent,” it said.(NAN)

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