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Nestlé excels in reducing virgin plastic and increasing recyclability, surpassing market expectations

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Nestlé is making substantial progress in the pursuit of a waste-free future. The company has focused on reducing its packaging, enhancing packaging materials, and improving waste management, positioning itself as a leader in sustainable practices within the food packaging industry.

Since joining the Global Commitment on plastic waste five years ago, Nestlé, along with other industry leaders, has surpassed expectations in reducing virgin plastic usage and increasing recyclability, as reported by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.

Antonia Wanner, Nestlé’s head of ESG strategy and deployment, emphasized the company’s commitment to developing innovative packaging solutions. “We are continually pursuing better packaging solutions where we can have a direct impact,” she said. Nestlé’s efforts include the development of next-generation packaging materials and designs, while also promoting better waste management infrastructure and advocating for regulatory harmonization and behavioral change.

Nestlé has achieved a 10.5% reduction in virgin plastic packaging since 2018 and is on track to achieve a one-third reduction by the end of 2025. Notably, the company has introduced new Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsules with reduced plastic weight, saving over 2,500 tonnes of polypropylene.

In addition, Nestlé has significantly reduced its total product packaging weight by 200,000 tonnes in 2022, leading to a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 280,000 tonnes. The company also decreased its packaging piece count by 14 billion last year, with its historical total packaging footprint reducing from 4.7 million metric tons in 2018 to 3.6 million metric tons in 2022.

To explore sustainable packaging alternatives, Nestlé has conducted over 20 reuse and refill pilots in 12 countries since 2018. The company has also initiated trials with start-up Circolution in Germany for reusable stainless-steel containers for Nesquik and continues to advocate for necessary enabling conditions for reuse and refill initiatives worldwide.

Furthermore, Nestlé is actively increasing the use of recycled plastics in its packaging, aiming to reach close to 30% recycled content by the end of 2025. One notable achievement is the transition of its entire Buxton Natural Mineral Water range in the UK to 100% recycled PET.

With a dedication to designing 100% of its packaging for recycling systems, 81.9% of Nestlé’s total plastic packaging is already designed for recycling. The company aims for over 95% of its plastic packaging to be designated for recycling by the end of 2025.

Nestlé’s continued efforts in enhancing its packaging sustainability are a testament to its commitment to shaping a more eco-friendly and waste-free future.

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