What is Nestlé doing to tackle packaging waste?


What is Nestlé doing to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging?

Nestlé is continually redesigning our packaging to ensure we use less. We avoided using 22,525 tonnes of packaging globally last year, which is equivalent to taking 93,000 cars off the road for one year, in terms of CO2 emissions.

We’ve committed to avoiding the use of 140,000 tonnes of packaging from 2015 to the end of 2020.

To ensure that waste is recovered, and to help prevent marine littering, we're driving initiatives to support waste management systems.

Consumers also have a crucial role to play in recycling efforts, and labels on our products encourage them to recycle plastics and other materials.

By using innovative packaging materials we can also improve our environmental performance. Around 35% of the packaging materials that we currently use are made from renewable materials.


Why doesn’t Nestlé stop using plastic packaging?

We all need to work together to tackle the problem of plastic waste. However, plastic packaging plays a crucial role in ensuring that people's foods and beverages are safe. With the right approach, this plastic can be collected or recycled without harming the environment.

We use as much recycled material as we can in our plastic bottles, for example, but it’s currently hard to find enough suitable recycled plastic (rPET) to meet our needs. Bottled water requires high quality rPET, which is harder to source than the recycled plastics used in other industries.

Nestlé is also working to develop innovative packaging materials that are sustainable and promote food safety. Recently, we launched a partnership with Danone to develop plastic water bottles made from bio-based materials.


Read more Read about our commitment to improve the environmental performance of our packaging

Read more Find out more in Nestlé Waters in the United States and Canada

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