Nestlé has announced its implementation of the plan for the elimination of single-use plastics in their products, eliminating the straws and bottles of their brands.
The largest packaged food company in the world has claimed that it will eliminate single-use plastics in its products. Nestlé will say goodbye to the straws and some plastic bottles before the year 2025.
Nestlé will therefore take efficient measures to reduce its plastic footprint on the planet. The company that reported some 90,000 million dollars in revenue in 2018, will eliminate the plastic straws of its products in February of this year, and its brand of milk chocolate Nesquik will be packaged in plastic to make it on paper.
The company has announced formal plans after the promise it made in 2018 to eliminate all plastic one-time use of its products, and get their packaging are recyclable or reusable 100% by 2025.
The company will conduct tests and investigate packaging solutions in its development laboratory in Switzerland; it is intended to find the perfect packaging for each of its 2,000 brands that are part of the company.
Nestlé is aware of the serious problem posed by plastic for the entire planet, since it is the main pollutant of rivers and oceans. Therefore, although it is possible to recycle many plastics, it is usually not profitable or so simple for recycling centers, which is necessary to cut the problem from the beginning of the chain.
Thus, during these years the company will reduce non-recyclable plastics or more difficult to recycle. In addition, it will eliminate 6 different components found in trays, plastic films and yoghurt containers, among others, that are contaminants.
Plastic bottles will present the greatest elimination problem for Nestlé, which bottles or performs water bottling operations in 34 countries around the world. Each production line of one of these factories can produce up to 1,200 bottles per minute, and it occurs without rest 24 hours a day.
Therefore, Nestlé should think about other alternatives to traditional plastic.
“While we are committed to finding recycling options when possible, we know that 100% recyclability is not enough to successfully cope with the plastic waste crisis,” said Ulf Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé, as reported by Fast Company.
“We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper materials and biodegradable polymers, particularly where recycling infrastructure does not exist,” says Schneider. Thus, Nestlé joins the proposals of other large companies such as Starbucks, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola that announced last year plans to make a joint team and build a cup that can be recycled and composted.
This cup will not have an owner according to the companies, and any company on the planet can use the same design. After the global movement for the express prohibition of straws in all cities of the world, the food industry must adapt to the preferences of the people who consume their products, which are the sustainability and care of the planet.
Numerous investigations are already finding microplastics in bottled drinking water, further evidence that these measures are not only recommended, but if something is not done with all the plastic consumption that has been done for years, the planet will not support this plastic pollution for a long time more.