100 percent recyclability and reusability planned
Nestlé aims to increase the use of recyclable or reusable packaging to 100% by 2025.
To achieve this, the food company is stepping up its global commitment, as was announced in a company release.
As an example, Nestlé mentions that the company has invested 30 million US dollars in the Closed Loop Leadership Fund in the United States. This is a private equity fund. It invests in companies to build circular supply chains.
New projects include a refillable pet food system in Chile and a recyclable paper packaging for Maggi bouillon cubes in France.
Positive interim results
In its press release, Nestlé draws a positive interim balance on the way to 100% recyclability and reusability.
Today, 87 percent of Nestlé’s packaging is already recyclable or reusable. In Germany, a rate of 97 percent is even achieved.
Bernd Büsing, head of the packaging division at Nestlé Germany, is positive about this development. Germany is on a very good path to a garbage-free future. He adds: “We still have a long way to go. But the already well-developed recycling infrastructure and our recent progress make me confident”.
Büsing also points out that Nestlé is involved in the Prevent Abfall Allianz. This alliance supports the development of recycling infrastructures. It is under the patronage of Gerd Müller, the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Initiatives based on three pillars
To achieve its global goals, Nestlé’s initiatives are based on three pillars.
The first pillar focuses on the development of environmentally friendly and safe packaging materials. To this end, the company operates, among other things, the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences. More than fifty scientists work there.
The second pillar is entitled “Enabling a waste-free future”. This includes that Nestlé will continue to expand well-functioning collection, sorting and recycling systems.
“Supporting consumers” is the title of the third pillar. Here, for example, Nestlé provides recycling information on product packaging.