Packaging

   

Our commitment

Improve the environmental performance of our packaging

Factories of the future
Factories of the future: Our new Nestlé Waters factory in Buxton, UK, has significantly lowered its energy use and cut packaging by an average of 25% across the Buxton and Pure Life ranges.

Our objectives

We will expand the scope of our packaging ecodesign by moving from PIQET, a tool that optimises the environmental performance of our packaging, to a broader, more holistic approach that covers the entire value chain, called Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Development and Introduction (EcodEX).

Our progress

In 2013, 66 594 tonnes of packaging material were saved, which is equivalent to CHF 158.5 million (2012: 47 125 tonnes). We also evaluated 5200 projects and more than 15 500 scenarios (2012: 4000 projects and 13 000 scenarios).

Our perspective

The packaging of our products is crucial to prevent food waste, guarantee our high quality standards and inform our consumers. We challenge ourselves to achieve both performance and functionality during the design process, whilst optimising the weight and volume. Today, materials from renewable resources are sold at a premium and they often have limited availability, with fierce competition for supplies. In addition, their environmental performance is not always better. Recycled materials do not always have an environmental benefit over virgin material: for example, in some instances we would need a heavier grammage of recycled materials to guarantee our standards.


Related content

Find out more in our full Creating Shared Value report (pdf, 15Mb):


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CASE STUDY: Lowering the impact of our packaging with PIQUET

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