Nestlé has announced a series of new initiatives that include a $30 million investment to increase food-grade recycled plastics in the United States, a refillable system for pet food in Chile and first-of-its-kind recyclable paper packaging for Maggi bouillon cubes in France.
Global Head of Sustainable Packaging, Nestlé, Véronique Cremades-Mathis, at a webinar on packaging waste, said, 87 percent of Nestlé’s packaging is already recyclable or reusable.
Cremades-Mathis said Nestlé is intensifying its actions to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and to reduce its use of virgin plastics by one-third in the same period.
“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 are committed to putting our size and scale to work to tackle the packaging waste problem everywhere that we operate,” she added.
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 (developing new packaging, shaping a waste-free future and driving new behaviour) launched in January 2019.
The company also announced that it is seeking to identify and support innovative solutions through the Nestlé Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize. 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.
The development and testing of new, more environmentally friendly packaging materials is driven by the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, the food industry’s first such enterprise. The institute 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. The institute collaborates closely with more than 180 packaging experts embedded in Nestlé’s global R&D network, as well as with research institutions, start-ups, and suppliers.