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Pioneering alternative materials


We are evaluating and developing various sustainable packaging materials and collaborating with industrial partners to develop new packaging materials and solutions.

  • We are investing up to CHF 2 billion to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging. Most plastics are difficult to recycle for food packaging, leading to a limited supply of food-grade recycled plastics. To create a market, Nestlé is therefore committed to sourcing up to 2 million metric tons of food-grade recycled plastics and allocating more than CHF 1.5 billion to pay a premium for these materials between now and 2025.
  • As part of our CHF 2 billion investment announced in January 2020, we will also launch a sustainable packaging venture fund focusing on start-up companies that are developing innovative packaging solutions.
  • We have created the Nestlé Institute for Packaging Sciences to develop sustainable packaging materials and collaborate with industry partners to scale-up research and innovation. Through the Institute, we are currently exploring a range of innovations, including new paper-based materials as well as biodegradable/compostable polymers that are also recyclable.
  • We have rolled out paper-based packaging globally for Nesquik in the first quarter of 2019, and for the YES! snackbar in the second half of 2019. In June 2020, Smarties sharing block, a popular color-coated chocolate confectionery product, was made available in a recyclable paper wrapper in the UK. Our Maggi brand has introduced recyclable paper packaging to wrap individual bouillon cubes for its organic range in France.
  • Our Gerber and Piltti baby food brands launched a first-of-its-kind, single material pouch designed to increase recycling value. Our Nespresso brand introduced new capsules made with 80% recycled aluminum, an important step towards circularity.
  • We are phasing out all plastics that are non-recyclable or hard to recycle for all our products worldwide by 2025 (pdf, 50Kb). As part of this commitment, starting in February 2019, we began eliminating all plastic straws from our products.
  • We are convinced that increasing the amount of recycled PET in our plastic bottles (as well as continuing to reduce the amount of PET needed) can improve our overall environmental performance. Nestlé will increase the amount of recycled PET it uses across its brands globally to 50% by 2025. Our Nestlé Pure Life brand introduced of a 700-mL bottle made from 100% recycled plastic in North America, and Valvert launched a 100% 100% r-PET bottle in Belgium. Levissima, our Italian water brand, has also pioneered an environmentally friendly bottle made from 30% vegetable-origin plastic.
  • Poland Spring, America's leading spring water brand, has committed to reaching 100% recycled plastic across its still water portfolio by 2022. Poland Spring has started transitioning its packaging to recycled plastic (r-PET). The 1-liter bottle made of 100% rPET, together with a new premium Poland Spring ORIGIN offering made entirely with recycled plastic, are now available in this market.
  • We have launched a global partnership with Danimer Scientific to develop a marine biodegradable and recyclable bottle for our water business.
  • We have joined NaturALL Bottle Alliance, which aims to develop 100% bio-based PET to be used for our water business.
  • Recognizing the challenges in getting food-grade quality recycled materials, we have started a collaboration with PureCycle Technologies to produce food-grade recycled polypropylene.

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