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Nestle set to launch plastic-free packaging in 2019

Nestle have recently published a wide range of new sustainable packaging commitments, which includes plans for its first plastic-free packaging, as well as plans to achieve plastic-neutrality within the company’s operations and products.

The commitments made by the food and beverage giant build on its UK Plastic Pact pledge, which ensures that 100 per cent of its plastic packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

According to the publication, the company is dividing its plastics action plan into three main sections – pioneering alternative materials, creating a waste-free future and driving behaviour change.

Actions to champion alternative materials include launching paper-based pouches and boxes for Nesquik and Smarties by the end of this year, with similar packaging to be developed for Milo in 2020. Plastic straws will also be removed from all Nestle products, with the phase-out set to begin in February. Nestle has additionally unveiled plans to develop water bottles, which are both biodegradable and recyclable, but has not yet set a deadline for bringing this innovation to market.

In terms of creating a waste-free future and achieving plastic-neutrality, Nestle will finance the collection of the same amount of plastic pollution as its plastic output. The collected waste will then be sent for recycling.

Finally, the behaviour change aspect of the new strategy focuses on reducing the plastic footprint of Nestle’s 323,000 employees. It includes a pledge to remove non-recyclable, single-use items from the company’s 4,200 facilities – a move that will be accompanied by a communications campaign aimed at boosting reuse and recycling rates for other items.

“While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100 per cent recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis – we need to push the boundaries and do more,” said Mark Schneider, Nestle’s chief executive.

“We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now.”