Safeguarding the Environment
Going Landfill Free
Across Nestlé, we reduce, reuse and recycle as we strive to achieve zero waste. We want no Nestlé packaging to end up in landfills or as litter, on land or at sea.
- We have achieved a 90% reduction in waste for disposal since 2010.
- In 2018, we announced our ambition to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
- Additionally, all 4,200 Nestle facilities worldwide have committed to eliminating single-use plastic items that cannot be recycled or reused.
Leveraging Partnerships to Fight Waste
We're proud partner with leading organizations who are charting the path to a circular economy, including the Closed Loop Fund and The Recycling Partnership.
- Nestlé is a partner in Loop, a subscription home delivery service for foods and household goods with reusable packaging created by TerraCycle. Häagen-Dazs is the official ice cream partner for the pilot project in New York.
- Nestlé Purina PetCare and Nestlé USA participate in Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF), an industry research collaboration committed to finding recovery solutions for flexible plastic packaging in the U.S.
- Nestlé Waters North America invested $6m in Closed Loop Fund, a $100 million social impact investment fund financing comprehensive recycling infrastructure and programs in cities across the United States.
- In the U.S., Nestlé USA, Gerber, and Nestlé Waters North America are all members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle program, designed to keep recoverable materials out of landfills.
- Nestlé helped launch The Recycling Partnership’s Circular Economy Accelerator to develop public-private solutions that incentivize recycling over disposal with the long term goal of achieving a robust circular economy in the U.S.
Sustainable Packaging Innovations
Packaging provides a variety of functions, from preventing food waste and maintaining shelf life to providing convenience and information for consumers. We take a holistic approach to designing our packaging, assessing environmental impacts across our entire life cycle. We aim for performance and functionality while optimizing weight and volume.
- In April 2018, Nestlé announced our global ambition to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025 through eliminating non-recyclable plastics, encouraging use of plastics that allow for better recycling rates, and working to eliminate or change complicated combinations of packaging materials such as paper/plastics and laminates. From 2015-2017, we eliminated more than 100,000 tons of packaging materials from our global production processes.
- In 2018, we announced the introduction of a 700-mL Nestlé Pure Life bottle made from 100% food grade recycled plastic, known as rPET. Since 2005, we have reduced the amount of PET plastic in Nestlé Pure Life half-liter bottles by 40%.
- To date, we have undertaken many initiatives to reduce waste and reuse materials in packaging across our portfolio of beverages:
- 100% of our single-serve bottles of Arrowhead Brand Mountain Spring Water and Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water produced in California are made with 50% recycled plastic. To accomplish this, we work with a number of strategic suppliers including CarbonLITE, one of the largest producers of food-grade, post-consumer recycled PET. We are also expanding our roster of suppliers to purchase even more recycled plastic, which we plan to use in our other bottled water brands across the country.
- Through global alliances such as the Trash Free Seas Alliance, founding of the bio-PET NaturALL Bottle Alliance, and investments in large-scale organizations like Closed Loop Fund, Keep America Beautiful, and start-ups like RecycleUp, Nestlé is collaborating with stakeholders across the PET value chain to create shared solutions to one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.