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Our waste-free packaging strategy

research and development into packaging


We are committed to a waste-free future.

We are helping create a future where cleverly designed packaging, innovative new materials, better recycling infrastructure and reusable or refillable packaging can prevent waste from contaminating the land and oceans. Reaching this goal requires participation from all levels of society. We are proud to be a catalyst for that change, inspiring a future where people and partners everywhere rethink how they engage with packaging.

Our vision is ambitious: A world in which none of Nestlé’s packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter on land or in seas, oceans and waterways.

How we are working to reduce our environmental impact 

3.8 million tonnes
39.5 %
100 %

Our five-pillar packaging strategy

Our Institute of Packaging Science is the only research institute of its kind in the food industry. Set up in 2019, it already counts around 50 packaging experts dedicated to developing the next generation of sustainable packaging materials. It is helping evolve the way packaging is designed, from developing refillable or reusable packaging to using simplified or recycled packaging materials, high-performance barrier papers and bio-based, compostable and biodegradable materials.

Our strategy provides a structure for our entire team, including the Institute of Packaging Science and our many other packaging experts, researchers, product developers and our many partners to achieve our overall aims:

Less packaging

Better packaging

  • 3 Pioneering alternative packaging materials to facilitate recycling
    We are collaborating with industrial partners to develop new packaging materials and solutions. For example, we are well on our way to eliminating all plastic straws from our products, using paper as an alternative material. The innovation required Nestlé to develop an entirely new supply chain to meet a key technical challenge: Bendable paper straws that are durable enough for consumers, while meeting rapid dissolvability criteria for paper recycling.

    Across our product portfolio, we’re evaluating the materials we use and testing alternatives, like using recyclable paper for packaging our Maggi bouillon cubes in France, instead of packaging that contains aluminum. We have also been able to find paper alternatives to plastic and aluminum for Nesquik.
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Better system

Creating Shared Value and Sustainability Report