Optimised packaging

Researcher doing packaging test
NEW PACKAGING SOLUTIONS: Researcher doing packaging test at Nestlé R&D Centre Beijing.

For today’s consumers, refreshing, ready-to-enjoy drinks are part of an active lifestyle – whether at home, work or play. Going beyond quality, convenience, and healthy refreshment, Nestlé strives to ensure that all packaging – including drinks packaging – respects the environment. In 2009, Nestlé was able to save 58 995 tonnes of packaging material (paper, board, plastic, glass, metal) through its efforts.

Our approach includes many steps and improvements such as:

  • commissioning scientific Life Cycle Assessments to understand areas of biggest environmental impact throughout a product’s lifecycle including packaging
  • working with leading packaging experts to uncover new packaging options
  • reducing the weight and volume of packaging materials
  • using recycled material in packaging content wherever feasible
  • leading in the development and use of packaging materials made from sustainably-managed renewable resources
  • supporting local packaging recycling and energy recovery programs
  • helping consumers understand and take action to recycle more packaging

In addition, we are globally rolling out PIQET (Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool) developed by the Sustainable Packaging Alliance of Australia to support decision-making on different packaging materials. PIQET helps us assess packaging options against environmental impact such as climate change, energy and water use, and solid waste. 

To learn more about these and other actions Nestlé is taking on environmental sustainability, view Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability (pdf, 349 Kb)  and visit Water and Environmental Sustainability.