Nestlé's chief executive officer, Mark Schneider

Packaging experts at Nestlé are developing and testing new environmentally friendly packaging materials and systems to address the challenge of plastics waste. The work will take place at the company’s newly opened Institute of Packaging Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Institute will focus on refillable and reusable packaging, simplified materials, recycled packaging materials, high-performance barrier papers as well as bio-based, compostable and biodegradable materials.

“Our vision is a world in which none of our packaging ends up in landfill or as litter,” said Mark Schneider, chief executive of Nestlé. “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.”

Meanwhile, Nestlé has announced plans to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The company has committed to the Paris Agreement’s aim of limiting a global increase in temperature to 1.5 deg C. Ahead of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on 23 September, Nestlé will sign the Business Ambition for 1.5 deg C pledge.

To achieve this ambition, Nestlé intends to launch more products that have a better environmental footprint – including more plant-based food and beverage options. In addition, it plans to move to alternative packaging materials that are environmentally friendly.

“To align our goals to the 1.5 deg C pathway, we are transforming our operations,” said Magdi Batato, executive vice president, head of operations at Nestlé. “This will lead to a major shift in the way our ingredients are produced and sourced. We will need our suppliers to embark on this journey with us. The task is huge but we are determined to make it happen.”