According to Greenpeace, Nestlé used 1.7 million tons of plastic packaging last year, making it one of the worst plastic polluters around the world in 2018. Deciding to take packaging into their own hands and be part of the solution and not the problem, Nestlé inaugurated the Institute of Packaging Sciences, the first of its kind in the food industry.
The new Institute will allow Nestlé to accelerate its efforts to bring functional, safe, and environmentally friendly packaging solutions to the market and to address the global challenge of plastic packaging waste.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, said, “Our vision is a world in which none of our packaging ends up in landfill or as litter. To achieve this we 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 Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences enables us to create a strong pipeline of sustainable packaging solutions for Nestlé products across businesses and markets.”
The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences will focus on a number of science and technology areas, such as refillable or reusable packaging, simplified packaging materials, recycled packaging materials, and high-performance barrier papers, as well as bio-based, compostable and biodegradable materials.
Stefan Palzer, Nestlé CTO, said, “Reducing plastic waste and mitigating climate change effects through cutting-edge technology and product design are a priority for us. Nestlé experts are co-developing and testing new environmentally friendly packaging materials and systems together with our development centers, suppliers, research institutions and start-ups. Located at our Nestlé Research facilities in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Institute also leverages our existing research capabilities in food safety, analytics, and food science.”
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