Food and beverage giant Nestlé has outlined plans to eliminate plastics which are harmful to the environment from its products. The company has announced specific plans that will help to meet its previously stated goal of using 100 percent reusable/recyclable packaging by 2025.
To initiate the changes, the company will be phasing out the plastic straws from its products by the start of next month. In place of plastic straws, Nestlé has a plan to offer “innovative designs” and alternatives like paper materials.
Nestle will start rolling out paper packaging for Nesquik in the first quarter of 2019 and for the Yes! snack bar in the second half of 2019. Smarties will start rolling out plastic-free packaging in 2019 and Milo will introduce paper-based pouches in 2020.
As per the company plans, Nestle is targeting to phase out all the plastic that is not recyclable or are hard to recycle for all its products worldwide by 2020 and 2025.
The company said it is rolling out alternative packaging materials across its global product portfolio and establishing partnerships with “cutting-edge packaging specialists”.
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said, “Our broader vision and action plan outline our commitment and specific approach to addressing the plastics packaging waste issue. While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100% recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis. We need to push the boundaries and do more.”
He also added, “We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now. We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers, in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist.”
Nestlé is working with Danimer Scientific on a new type of water bottle that is marine biodegradable, plus it will work with PureCycle Technologies food-grade polypropylene.