Nestlé has joined the fight against plastic waste as the company has announced its ambition to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
The core aim of the company’s commitment is the eventual creation of a circular packaging economy where no packaging ends up as waste.
To achieve this goal, the company has identified three core objectives: The elimination of non-recyclable plastics; encouraging the use of plastics that allow better recycling rates; and changing or eliminating unsustainable packaging material combinations.
Nestlé claims that it will commit to four initiatives to reduce plastic waste levels. Firstly, the company will play an “active role” in the development of recycling, collection and sorting schemes in countries it operates in.
Secondly, the company will work with its partners to develop appropriate and sustainable packaging solutions to cut down on plastic waste.
Thirdly, Nestlé says it will clearly label all of its packaged products with recycling information to ensure the packaging is correctly disposed of by consumers.
And finally, the company will ‘promote a market’ for recycled plastics by increasing the proportion of recycled plastics in its packaging.
As part of this strategy, Nestlé Waters UK announced that it would introduce recycled plastic to every single water bottle produced at its UK production facility in Buxton.
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said: “Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today. Tackling it requires a collective approach.
“We are committed to finding improved solutions to reduce, re-use and recycle. Our ambition is to achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.”
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