Nestlé pledges to tackle plastic issue in the EU

Nestlé's plastic pledge includes all packaging to contain at least 25% recyclable material
Nestlé's plastic pledge includes all packaging to contain at least 25% recyclable material

Nestlé has become the latest major brand to pledge its support to the global initiative to reduce plastic in the environment, by pledging to dramatically reduce the plastic it uses in packaging for a large number of its products.

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27 September 2018 | 0

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Nestlé has pledged to make a significant increase in the amount of recycled plastics it uses in “some” of its packaging in the EU. Guarded as the language may be, it is another significant moment in the global fight against plastic from one of the world’s largest manufacturers of food and drink products.

In its pledge, Nestlé says it will, by 2025, use at least 25% recycled material in packaging for all of its laminates, caps, tins, trays and films. It is part of the company’s global packaging ambition, which it published last year. The overall objective is for 100% of Nestlé packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Marco Settembri, Nestlé CEO for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, said he is pleased the company is taking concrete steps to achieve sustainable packaging goals. “Nestlé supports the  EU’s Plastics Strategy,” he said. “We share the vision that no plastic packaging ends up in the environment. Recyclable packaging, good recycling infrastructure and more use of recycled material will help us close the loop.”

Nestlé’s pledge stated that by 2025:

  • PET bottles will contain at least 25% rPET (Polyethylene terephthalate)
  • The PET layer in the respective laminates will contain 25% rPET
  • Caps on glass jars and tins will contain 30% rPP (recycled Polypropylene)
  • Trays for meat products will contain 50% rPET
  • Shrink films for display trays will contain 50% rPE (recycled Polyethylene)

Click here to view the announcement in infographic form.

 

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