Hi Cathrine, can you tell us a little about your decision to support the new factory in Ängelholm?
– Absolutely! As a large player on the market, Nestlé must also take the corresponding responsibility and our ambition is to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable before 2025. The global vision is that no packaging, of which plastic constitutes a major part, should end up in landfills or as trash. To reach this goal, a process is required, as well as collaboration between several different parties.
As with many other companies within the food industry, our major challenge is related to laminated plastic. Among other things, this can be found in our Zoégas coffee packaging and also to a large extent in Purina’s dog and cat food packaging. It’s a challenge to find a material capable of ensuring quality, security and taste, as well as being recyclable.
TMR’s new factory for plastic recycling in Ängelholm is a precise example of such collaboration. We are engaged in similar collaboration activities across the whole world. To us at Nestlé, it is important to look ahead and visualize the step that follows collection. We must work to make sure that plastic packaging is really recycled and not burnt up for energy.
Why is new technology for plastic recycling important for Nestlé?
— As mentioned, we must constantly find new ways of collaboration to reach our goals. New technology for plastic recycling is just a part of it. As producers, we have a great responsibility to reduce material consumption. This also includes investigating alternative materials and consider changes to the design of existing packaging on the market.
The other part is about the available infrastructure, and also how much waste is really sorted by the consumers. Far too often, plastic packaging is disposed of or managed incorrectly so that it cannot be recycled. We are firmly determined to change this and thus we perform different actions – for example by working to improve existing waste collection systems and making it easy for consumers to know how to sort and recycle our packaging.
There is an increasing demand for more sustainable packaging among consumers, what are Nestlé’s plans to enable this journey?
– We have a direct responsibility to ensure that we use as little material as possible in our packaging. So far, 87% of our total packaging and 66% of our plastic packaging are recyclable or reusable. While we are making important progress within sustainable packaging, we know that more has to be done. Our ambition is to create a circular economy where we eliminate waste and reuse the resources we already have. At the same time, we see that the concept of sustainability has been expanded. As a company, we are expected to offer good and healthy products, produced in a sustainable and fair manner according to the right terms. Both from an individual perspective and for the planet.