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Improving Packaging and Reducing Waste

Safeguarding the Environment

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. Our global ambition is to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. 

  • In 2020, we announced we're investing $30 million in the Closed Loop Leadership Fund, to help upgrade U.S. recycling infrastructure. This is part of our $2 billion investment to lead a shift away from newly created virgin plastics to recycled and reused food grade plastics.
  • In 2018, we announced the introduction of a 700-mL Nestlé Pure Life bottle made from 100% food grade recycled plastic, known as rPET. 
  • To date, we have undertaken many initiatives to reduce waste and reuse materials in packaging across our portfolio of beverages:
    • We've removed the flat circle base in a number of flavors in our DiGiorno pizza Rising Crust line, saving 4.5 million pounds of corrugated paper - the equivalent of saving 49,000 trees a year.
    • Our Starbucks Creamers bottles are 100% recyclable, with a shrink-wrap label that uses recycling-compatible ink and a fully recyclable cap. This allows the consumer to easily dispose of the bottle, removing a barrier to recycling. 
    • Purina's Tidy Cats Naturally Strong uses 50% post-consumer recycled plastic - this has avoided the use of around 200,000 pounds of virgin plastic. 

Leveraging Partnerships

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 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.

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.

Our 2030 Ambition: Help 50 million children to live healthier lives.

Our 2030 Ambition: Help to improve 30 million livelihoods in communities directly connected to our business activities.

Our 2030 Ambition: Strive for zero environmental impact in our operations.

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