LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Nestle has set up a research institute for the development of more environmentally friendly packaging for its products, and the reduction of plastic waste, to take matters into their own hands instead of relying on suppliers.
The packaging is made from recycled or natural products, are displayed during a media visit before the official opening of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Science, Lausanne, Switzerland, September 12, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
After you have been identified by the environmental group Greenpeace, one of the world’s largest producers of plastic waste that is polluting landfills and oceans, Nestlé has also been criticised for the lack of action to address the problem.
“It’s our name on the package, so we want to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to developing solutions,” Nestle’s Chief Executive Mark Schneider said on Thursday at the opening of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Science in the Us?
“We are pushing for our suppliers, because we have the feeling that they’re not really worried about,” Schneider told Reuters during a tour of the new research, added that the move had generated a “creative tension” with the third-party group.
The maker of kit kat chocolate bars and Nescafe instant coffee, has vowed to be 100 percent of the packaging is recyclable or re-usable, by 2025, is one of the key focus areas of the new facility in the city of Lausanne, in western Switzerland.
Of the 50 full-time staff to work closely with the other members of the Nestlé research center and external scientists, and start-ups. The joint effort is focused on the production of the simplified packing of a material which is less in the layers and are easier to recycle, as well as compostable and bio-degradable materials.
On a tour of the institute, the scientists showed that even a bottle of water totally made from recycled materials, and the creation of the efforts of the organization of the paper, with the better qualities are for the conduct of the Nestle products are good.
Nestle has declined to disclose the size of the investment in the initiative, but said that the technologies that have been developed by the institution may be licensed to third parties.
“We have made significant investments in advance, so that we, ultimately, want to see higher consumer sales and royalties,” CEO Schneider said.
Nestle also said that it is trying to reach zero net emissions of greenhouse gases by the year 2050, following in the footsteps of container shipping giant Maersk, which has the same promise as last year.
Alternative packaging materials, and more plant-based foods and beverages and improving the environment will help Nestlé to achieve this goal, the company said, adding that the planting of trees, improved the dairy supply chain to 100% renewable electricity, are also part of the equation.
Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz; Editing by David Goodman