Working towards a waste-free future
The issue of packaging waste, notably plastic waste, is of particular public concern. However, packaging is necessary for food safety and quality, protecting food in transportation, extending its shelf life and reducing food waste. This makes food and beverage packaging a unique challenge for Nestlé and our industry. We must develop solutions that reduce packaging volume and impact without compromising on protection. We envision a future without waste, and this means not only increasing plastic recycling but also identifying alternatives, whether in the form of delivery systems or materials.
We are accelerating our actions when it comes to tackling the packaging waste problem and are committed to making a significant difference everywhere we operate.
We are making progress but there is much more to come. We want to be a leader in this space.
Our vision and commitment
Our vision is that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter. Our vision is not just some lofty ideal - we are working hard to deliver on it and help to achieve a waste-free future.
We announced last year our commitment to making 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. In January 2019, we set out our broader vision for a waste-free future, and announced a series of specific actions to meet our commitment.
While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100% recycle-ability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste problem. We need to push the boundaries and do more. We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now.
Addressing the complex problem of plastic pollution requires taking an inclusive approach. To realize this objective, specific actions are required. In line with this, we are taking tangible steps in:
1. Develop packaging for the future
We are eliminating unnecessary packaging and phasing out materials that are not recyclable or are hard to recycle. We are investing more in the development of mono-material packaging, as well as alternative materials and new refill/reuse systems.
2. Shaping a waste-free future
- Reusing our internal waste and manufacturing the plastics pallets out of it
- Encourage waste collection and its management in Hunza (Gilgit Baltistan, Northern Areas) in partnership with Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Government
- Forming an industry wide alliance called Collection and Recycling (CoRe) with the mission to eliminate packaging waste by enabling formal collection and recycling, while also raising awareness at a mass level
- Piloting the collection of PET plastic waste from HOD Water Customers during the routine HOD delivery: to be scaled up based on the pilot results
3. Driving new behavior
- All 4,200 Nestlé facilities worldwide are eliminating single-use plastic items that cannot be recycled.
- To mark World Oceans Day on 8 June, 6,300 employees and their families participated in clean-up initiatives in 70 locations worldwide. From US, to Thailand, Egypt, Italy and Switzerland, they removed 60 tons of waste from the environment. Find more information on Nestlé Cares.