BY NDUMBE BELL GASTON
The Nestle Group has declared that they are rigorously pursuing their objective of making their packaging 100% recyclable and re-usable and to equally reduce what they call ‘virgin plastics’, by one-third in 2025.
Their September 7 release affirms that 87% of Nestlé’s packaging is already recyclable or reusable. In their sustainable packaging adventure, the Group has intensified efforts by announcing a stimulus package and multiple initiatives to realise an increase of ‘food-grade recycled plastics in the United States, a refillable system for pet food in Chile and a first-ever recyclable paper packaging for maggi-bouillon cubes in France.’
Nestle Group says despite the many challenges increased by Covid-19 across the globe, they are determined to play a leading role as part of their contributions to solve plastic pollution through three strategies launched in January 2019.
Firstly, they have to be developing new packaging such as degradable paper packaging and new capsules made with 80% recycled aluminium.
Secondly, Nestle intends to shape a waste free future like in August 2020 where Nestle Philippines collected all the plastics used by it and co-processed in the products sold, so as to protect the waste from entering the ocean and the formation of plastic hills. They have identified 20 countries responsible for 50% of the company’s plastics usage. Waste Management Schemes have been introduced and attached to these countries. The third strategy introduced is by driving in new behaviour to workforce through sustainable packaging education and training programmes. Scientists and experts have been mobilised across the world.
In the occasion of unveiling their new actions and progress, the Global Head of Sustainable Packaging declared that, “we have made strides in our transformative journey towards a waste-free future but we know that we have more work to do. As the World’s largest food and Beverage Company, we are committed to putting our size and scale to work to tackle the packaging waste problem everywhere that we operate.”