Nestlé sees bioplastics as future of packaging

Jun 21, 2011

Dr Anne Roulin, Global Head of Packaging and Design at Nestlé, talks about the future of packaging in this exclusive interview with news website FoodProductionDaily.com

Future of packaging

Anne Roulin, Nestlé. Opens in  new window: Food Production Daily

In the second half of a two-part video (left), released this week, Dr Roulin explained why conventional plastics made from renewable resources could be the industry’s next major trend.

Speaking from Nestlé’s headquarters in Switzerland, she said that bioplastics made from sugar cane and other plant based materials are demonstrating the kind of properties that could be used more widely across the Company’s product portfolio. Dr Roulin went on to point out that a third generation of plastics - made from non-food sources such as algae, cellulose, and waste products - is also in the pipeline.

However she added such materials are unlikely to be available on the scale required until at least 2015.

Sustainable packaging

Anne Roulin, Nestlé. Opens in  new window: Food Production Daily

Dr Roulin’s insights follow on from her comments in the first half of the interview (right), where she outlined why Nestlé is a leader in sustainable packaging.

Here, she described how the use of a ground-breaking eco-design tool has enhanced the Company’s ability to assess the full environmental impact of a particular packaging design.

She also explained why changing consumers are influencing the way Nestlé designs its products; from easier-to-open bottles for a rapidly ageing population, to different pack sizes for shoppers in emerging markets.