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Nestlé joins the fight against plastic packaging

Posted on 23 October 2018.

Nestle announced its intention to ensure that 100% of its packaging is recyclable and re-usable by 2025 in a press release on 11 April 2018.

Nestlé produces over 125,000 tons of packaging each year in France alone, and most of this packaging is plastic.

Plastic waste, particularly packaging, is one of the most devastating flows for the environment. Approximately 8 million tons end up in the oceans each year, polluting the water and destroying ecosystems. In 2016, a joint study by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation triggered the alarm bell: at this rate, there could well be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.

Active involvement has gained ground in recent years, particularly by companies.

This is particularly the case in the food sector. On this basis, after Evian (Danone group), which announced its intention to produce all of its bottles using recycled plastic, Nestlé is also joining the fight against plastic waste. On 11 April 2018, the Swiss group indeed announced its aim to ensure that all of its packaging is recyclable or re-usable by 2025. The group targets "zero packaging" in tips. This is good news as Nestlé produces over 125,000 tons of packaging each year in France alone, and most of this packaging is plastic.

The Swiss group will focus its action on three main points: eliminate non-recyclable plastics, use plastics with the highest level of recycling compatibility whenever possible, and eliminate or modify the complex combinations of materials used in soft packaging (which represent approximately 20% of plastic packaging used by the group). These combinations make recycling more complicated.

Contributing to the circular economy

Nestlé has also confirmed its intention to contribute to building a more circular economy. The Group also intends to play an active role in the development of recycling, sorting and collection systems in all of its operating countries. It has also announced that it will provide more information to consumers on the recycling conditions of packaging by using specific labels. In parallel, the food giant is continuing with its Research & Development programmes for new types of packaging, such as this plant bottle designed in partnership with Danone and Origin Materials, a Californian firm.