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Nestle opens institute to solve plastic problem

Sep 19. 2019
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Nestle officially inaugurated its Institute of Packaging Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday (September 19).

This first-of-its-kind facility will help the multinational giant to bring functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions to the market and to address the global challenge of plastic packaging waste. 

Mark Schneider, Nestle’s CEO, said: “Our vision is a world in which none of our packaging ends up in a landfill or as litter. To achieve this, we will introduce reusable packaging solutions and pioneer environmentally friendly packaging materials. Furthermore, we support the development of local recycling infrastructure and deposit schemes to help shape a waste-free world. The Nestle Institute of Packaging Sciences enables us to create a strong line of sustainable packaging solutions for Nestle products.”

The Institute of Packaging Sciences focuses on a number of science and technology areas, such as refillable or reusable packaging, simplified packaging materials, recycled packaging materials, high-performance barrier papers as well as bio-based, compostable and biodegradable materials.

Stefan Palzer, Nestle CTO said: “Reducing plastic waste and mitigating climate change effects through cutting-edge technology and product design are a priority for us. Nestle experts are co-developing and testing new environmentally friendly packaging materials and systems together with our development centres, suppliers, research institutions and start-ups. Located at our Nestle Research facilities in Lausanne, the institute also leverages our existing research capabilities in food safety, analytics and food science.”

Sander Defruyt from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said: “Nestle was one of the first companies to sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, setting concrete targets to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at the source. It is great to see the world’s largest consumer goods company now increasing its research focus and capacity to deliver on these ambitions.”

Nestle is already making progress towards its 2025 packaging commitments and has launched novel packaging solutions. For example, Nestle packaging experts and suppliers developed products in recyclable paper packaging such as the Nesquik All Natural cocoa powder and the YES! snack bars in under 12 months.

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