FRANCE – In an effort to create a better, sustainable world, Swiss manufacturing giant Nestlé has partnered with French retailer Carrefour and Loop to launch reusable containers for some of products.

The products set to be packaged in the new reusable containers include the Nesquik cocoa powder, Ricoré chicory and coffee drink, as well as Chocapic Bio cereals.

The adoption of sustainable packaging for the above brands follow a recent commitment by Nestlé to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Consumers can access the cocoa, coffee and chicory drink, and cereal products in reusable stainless-steel containers through Carrefour’s e-commerce delivery platform.

Nestlé has plans to make the products available online and in 10 Carrefour stores in and around Paris before the end of the year.

Once consumed, the empty containers are collected from the consumer’s home or dropped off by the consumer in the stores where they are then cleaned, refilled and put back in Loop platform’s circular system.

Experts from Nestlé’s Institute of Packaging Sciences tested the new containers to ensure that they keep the product fresh and safe throughout the shelf-life.

With the addition of the three new brands to the Loop platform, Nestlé is continuing its efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of its packaging, while contributing to a circular economy.

Currently Nestlé’s partnership with Carrefour and Loop in France includes a home delivery and deposit system for Vittel and S.Pellegrino natural mineral water in reusable glass bottles.

Nestlé also recently launched the first cat litter in a durable and refillable container via Loop’s eCommerce platform in the U.S.

Investment in Solar

The food giant also announced that it was investing in investing in Taygete I, a 2,000-acre solar project owned and developed by 7X Energy in Pecos County, Texas, United States.

According to a statement by Nestlé, the investment in Taygete is the company’s largest direct investment (by capacity) in a renewable energy project to date.

With Nestlé’s investment, the solar project will add 250 MWac of solar electricity to the U.S. grid.

In addition to its direct investment, Nestlé also committed to purchase 100% of the renewable electricity attributes generated by the project’s energy production, estimated at 750,000 megawatt hours per year for 15 years.

Having access to a clean renewable energy from the Taygete facility will contribute towards the realization of Nestlé’s goal to achieve a net zero carbon foot print by 2050.

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