Nestlé to create research institute for sustainable packaging
Nestlé plans to address the issue of plastic waste and minimise the impact of packaging on the environment with a new research institute for packaging in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences will focus on the development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. It will employ around 50 people and include a state-of-the-art laboratory complex and facilities for rapid prototyping.
This initiative is a step towards achieving its commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said, "We want to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for our food and beverage products. To achieve this, we are enhancing our research capabilities to develop new packaging materials and solutions."
In collaboration with the company's global R&D network, academic partners, suppliers and start-ups, the institute will evaluate the safety and functionality of various sustainable packaging materials. Research focus areas will include recyclable, biodegradable or compostable polymers, functional paper, and new packaging concepts and technologies to increase the recyclability of plastic packaging. Nestlé will test the solutions in various product categories before they are rolled out across its global portfolio.
"Packaging plays a crucial role in helping us deliver safe and nutritious products to our consumers. The new Institute of Packaging Sciences will enable us to accelerate the redesign of our packaging solutions. Cutting-edge science as well as a close collaboration with globally leading academic institutions and industrial partners will deliver a pipeline of highly performing, environmentally friendly packaging solutions," said Nestlé Chief Technology Officer Stefan Palzer.
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