SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing conglomerate Nestlé, has launched a new environmentally friendly packaging in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and accelerate move towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Among the packages recently unveiled by Nestlé is a soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content for Nestlé’s popular chocolate brand KitKat .
The soft plastic food wrapper was made through a collaboration between Nestlé and a number of Australian companies comprising of CurbCycle, iQ Renew, Licella, Viva Energy Australia, LyondellBasell, REDcycle, Taghleef Industries and Amcor
This innovation is driven by Nestlé’s pledge to reduce its use of virgin plastics by one-third by 2025, the company said in a statement.
The launch is also a follow-up to the soft plastics collection trial announced last year in Australia and is in line with Nestlé’s vision to shape a waste-free future.
Bio-based lids and scoops made from sustainable sources
Nestlé also announced that it will introduce bio-based lids and scoops made from sugar cane and its by product for a range of its nutrition products for infants and children.
The lids and scoops are made from 66% and 95% sugar cane respectively, are recyclable and certified as plant-based.
The company notes that main advantage of these bio-based plastics is that they are made from a renewable plant material that can be continually replenished and that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Moreover, it’s a major step towards achieving Nestlé’s long term goal of reducing its reliance on fossil fuels for its packages.
Greg Behar, CEO of Nestlé Health Science, said, “It is our responsibility to our customers and to our planet to innovate on packaging materials that contribute to a more sustainable future.”
Nestlé NAN infant formula is among the first to transition to the new packaging with a launch in Hong Kong back in 2020 and a global rollout scheduled to take place as from 2021.
Wyeth Nutrition is launching the new bio-based packaging for its brands SMA, LITTLE STEPS, S-26 and ILLUMA, accroding to a statement from the company.
Nestlé Health Science says that it also introducing the new packaging material for its Althéra, Alfaré, Alfamino, Modulen and Peptamen Junior brands, which are part of its global range of pediatric food for special medical purposes.
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