Nestlé accelerates action to tackle plastic waste

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Vevey, 15 January 2019

Starting in February 2019, Nestlé will begin to eliminate all plastic straws from its products, using alternative materials like paper as well as innovative designs to reduce littering,” Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said.

Accordingly, the company has laid out its broader vision to achieve a waste -free future and announced a series of specific actions towards meeting its April 2018 commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, with a particular focus on avoiding plastic – waste.

Schneider said, “Our broader vision and action plan outline our commitment and specific approach to addressing the plastics packaging waste issue.

While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100% recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis.

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. We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers, in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist.

Collective action is vital, which is why we are also engaging consumers, business partners and all of our Nestlé colleagues to play their part.

You can count on us to be a leader in this space!”

All 4,200 Nestlé facilities worldwide are committed to eliminating single-use plastic items that cannot be recycled.
These items will be replaced by materials that can easily be recycled or reused. We encourage the consumption of all of our products at our locations. For recyclable materials such as PET and aluminum, we will ensure that the proper means to collect and handle are available where consumed and our commitment to recycling is well communicated.
Nestlé employees in all locations worldwide and at all levels will dedicate their volunteering days to the removal of litter and participate in clean-up activities on World Ocean Day on June 8, 2019.
To lead the way, Nestlé’s Executive Board and employees at the Company’s global headquarters in Switzerland will volunteer to clean the shores of Lake Geneva in May 2019.
Responding to the plastic waste challenge and striving for zero environmental impact in its operations is an integral part of Nestlé’s commitment to creating shared value for shareholders and society. Nestlé is particularly dedicated to accelerating action in tackling the plastic waste issue and report on the Company’s progress publicly.
Addressing the multifaceted issue of plastic pollution requires a holistic view and a well-orchestrated effort.
To realize this objective, specific actions are required. In line with this approach, Nestlé today announced tangible steps to pioneer alternative materials, shape a waste-free future and drive behavior change.

Pioneering alternative materials

In December 2018, Nestlé announced the creation of its Institute of Packaging Sciences to evaluate and develop various sustainable packaging materials and to collaborate with industrial partners to develop new packaging materials and solutions.

Between 2020 and 2025, Nestlé will phase out all plastics that are not recyclable or are hard to recycle for all its products worldwide.

In doing so, Nestlé is rolling out alternative packaging materials across its global product portfolio and establishing partnerships with cutting – edge packaging specialists:

Nestlé will also start rolling out paper packaging for Nesquik in the first quarter of 2019 and for the Yes! snack bar in the second half of 2019. Smarties will start rolling out plastic-free packaging in 2019 and Milo will introduce paper-based pouches in 2020.

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