Nestlé, owner of more than 2 000 brands that produce 1.7 million tonnes of plastic per year, is opening a new packaging research institute in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Group thus wishes to strengthen its commitment to sustainable packaging. The company says it is using the new facilities to develop "functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions while addressing the challenge of plastic packaging waste worldwide. »
Nestlé's ambition is to become "a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for its food and beverage products". To achieve this, Nestlé will increase its research capabilities to develop new packaging materials and solutions.
For Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé: " Our vision is a world in which none of our packaging ends up in landfills. To achieve this, we introduce reusable packaging solutions and environmentally friendly packaging materials. In addition, we support the development of local recycling infrastructure and depot systems to help shape a waste-free world. The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences enables us to create a strong portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions for Nestlé products across all our businesses and markets."
The company is committed to achieving the goal of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The announcement comes in the context of the United Nations Climate Summit currently taking place in New York. Nestlé intends to sign a Business Commitment to help keep the global temperature increase below 1.5°C. The company has outlined some of the steps it plans to take to meet this commitment, including the launch of more products with a better environmental footprint, such as plant-based foods and beverages. It also plans to reformulate its products using "more climate-friendly ingredients".
The institute, which is part of the basic research entity Nestlé Research, will focus its research on reusable packaging and packaging materials that are simplified and can be recycled. It will also focus on barrier papers and biobased, compostable and biodegradable materials.
Stefan Palzer, the company's technical director, says: " Nestlé experts co-develop and test new environmentally friendly packaging materials and systems with our development centres, suppliers, research institutes and startups. As our Nestlé research facilities are located in Lausanne, the Institute also builds on our existing research capabilities in food safety, analysis and food science. "
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In July, Nestlé launched a Valvert bottle created from food-grade 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET). Since the release of the Greenpeace report In March 2017, denouncing the slow disposal of single-use plastics, the company also redesigned the packaging of its YES! snack bar with a new packaging made of recyclable paper.
Let us ensure that Nestlé's sustainability efforts are continued and successful. This could indeed make a difference in pushing other companies in the CPG industry to do the same.