Following on from the exciting polymer research post last week (converting PET waste back into virgin grade packaging material), it is encouraging to see recent news that Nestlé, has committed to a similarly bold plastic sustainability promise.
Nestlé, headquartered in Switzerland, has recently announced its goal to ensure that 100% percent of its packaging will be either recyclable or reusable by 2025, with Nestlé adding that none of its packaging, including plastics, should ever end up in a landfill or as litter after this date.
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider says, “Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today. Tackling it requires a collective approach. We are committed to finding improved solutions to reduce, reuse and recycle. Our ambition is to achieve 100 percent recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.”
The news from Nestlé is focused on three core areas, namely: eliminating non-recyclable plastics, encouraging the use of plastics that allow better recycling rates and eliminating or changing complex combinations of packaging materials.
Recognizing the need to develop a circular economy, Nestlé says it is committed to:
- playing an active role in developing well-functioning collection, sorting and recycling schemes across the countries where the company operates;
- working with value chain partners and industry associations to explore different packaging solutions to reduce plastic usage, facilitate recycling and develop new approaches to eliminate plastic waste;
- labeling its plastic product packaging with recycling information to help consumers dispose of it in the right way; and
- promoting a market for recycled plastics by continuing to increase the proportion of recycled plastics in its packaging.