Circular Economy

Nestle to establish research institute for sustainable packaging

The Swiss food and drink industry conglomerate Nestle has recently announced it is set to launch the Nestle Institute of Packaging Sciences, which aims at creating eco-friendly solutions to tackle the growing packaging waste problems.

The new Institute will be situated at Nestle Research at Lausanne in Switzerland and will be operational from mid-2019. It will employ about 50 people and include rapid prototyping facilities and a laboratory, with chief focus on discovering and developing safe, functional and environmentally-friendly packaging, cite sources familiar with the development.

According to Nestle, the development is a step forward to help achieve the company’s commitment toward transforming its packaging system into a recyclable and sustainable one by 2025.

“We want to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for our food and beverage products,” said Mark Schneider, Nestle CEO.

“To achieve this, we are enhancing our research capabilities to develop new packaging materials and solutions. Through this, we hope to address the growing packaging waste problem, in particular, plastics.

“We aim to minimise our impact on the natural environment, while safely delivering to our consumers healthier and tastier products.”

In close collaboration with Nestle’s global R&D network, academic partners, suppliers and start-ups, the Institute will evaluate the safety and functionality of various sustainable packaging materials.

The Institute will carry out research in new packaging concepts, functional paper, biodegradable and compostable polymers, and develop innovative technologies to enhance recyclability of plastic packaging that will be examined under various product categories, before getting rolled out across the company’s global portfolio.

Nestle expects the initial results during the next year and said that new packaging materials will be discovered and examined, in terms of functionality, safety and impact on the environment, in close alliance with Nestle Research analytics.

“Packaging plays a crucial role in helping us deliver safe and nutritious products to our consumers,” said Stefan Palzer, Nestle chief technology officer.

“The new Institute of Packaging Sciences will enable us to accelerate the redesign of our packaging solutions.

“Cutting-edge science, as well as a close collaboration with globally leading academic institutions and industrial partners will deliver a pipeline of highly performing environmentally-friendly packaging solutions.”