With plastic waste continuing to accumulate in landfills and in our oceans, endangering wildlife, tackling plastic pollution has never been so pressing. It is an urgent priority for us and a responsibility we take seriously.
We are accelerating our actions to tackle the plastic 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 Commitments:
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.
Our vision is that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter, including in oceans, lakes or rivers. 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 are committed to our vision that none of our packaging ends up as landfill or litter and that above 95% of our packaging will be designed for recycling by 2025. We are committed to reaching 100%. Another commitment is to reduce virgin plastic use by one-third by 2025.
While we are pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100% recyclability might not be enough to tackle the plastics waste problem. We aim to reduce our use of virgin plastics by one-third by 2025. We will do so by transforming our packaging and by accelerating the development of innovative packaging solutions.
Our packaging innovations and renovations will help us improve the design for recycling and our overall environmental performance.
As we deploy new solutions, we will never compromise the health of our consumers. Plastic packaging plays an important role in safely delivering food and drinks to consumers and reducing food loss and waste, so we need to carefully consider alternatives before making changes. The safety and quality of our foods and beverages are non-negotiable.
We will transform our packaging by phasing out packaging that is non-recyclable, shifting to paper, and fit for purpose (reducing the weight and size of packaging materials) projects..
Designed for Recycling Packaging
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. As of 2021, 88% of Nestlé Pakistan’s packaging is designed for recycling.
Shifting to Paper
In order to improve the environmental performance of our packaging, we introduced paper straws across our entire ready-to-drink product range. This makes Nestlé Pakistan the first food and beverage company in Pakistan to do so. The initiative has eliminated over 400 million plastic straws in 2021 alone, marking a breakthrough in our sustainable packaging transformation journey.
Working towards our vision of a waste-free future, we have partnered with external organizations for projects that increase the volume of packaging waste that is collected and recycled. Another important aspect of our projects is to drive new behavior by creating awareness amongst society about everyone’s role in helping tackle plastic waste – from industry to the consumers, from packaging manufacturers to the government. Here are some of the projects we are doing to do our bit.