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Nestlé to pull plastic straws from its products as it ramps up its war on waste

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Nestlé says plastic straws will be eliminated from its products beginning next month
Nestlé says plastic straws will be eliminated from its products beginning next month
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Nestlé says plastic straws will be eliminated from its products beginning next month

Food and beverage giant Nestlé is ramping up its efforts to rein in plastic pollution, outlining plans to phase out plastic straws and hard plastics as part of a wider plan to use purely recyclable and reusable materials in its products by 2025.

Nestlé's plans around plastic pollution and alternative materials have been gathering steam for a little while now. The world's second largest food and drink company first announced its plans to use 100 percent recyclable and reusable materials by 2025 in April last year, and has piece-by-piece been laying out a roadmap to achieve this aim.

In December 2018 it announced plans for an Institute of Packaging Sciences to research and develop alternative materials, and it seems the company already has something to show for it.

It says that from February onwards, plastic straws will be eliminated from all Nestlé products with "alternative materials like paper" to be used instead, while new packaging designs will be rolled out to cut down on littering. Popular products like Nesquik and Smarties will also be going plastic free in 2019, while Milo will be packaged in paper-based pouches by 2020.

The company notes that 100 percent recyclability doesn't solve the plastic pollution problem as a whole. As such, it has other ventures in the works, like an effort to target plastic leaking into the ocean in South East Asia by partnering with Project STOP, an initiative to promote sustainable and low-cost waste systems that also supports informal waste gatherers in the region's coastal areas.

"Our broader vision and action plan outline our commitment and specific approach to addressing the plastics packaging waste issue," says Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider.

Source: Nestlé

4 comments
charlesduffy
I think you should scrutinize every single aspect of Nestles business. Going by any account of history, Nestle doesn't care at all for the environment and they employ these stratagems just for public perception.
Rustin Lee Haase
I'll bet their candy bars will still be wrapped in plastic even though you don't have to be too old to remember when paper was the way to go. ....straws.....for crying out loud, I never buy Nestle straws anyway. I just get them at the Dollar Tree where they are cheapest. I don't need name-brand straws.
Tom Swift
First the environmentalists said paper was bad, too many trees being cut down. So gone were paper grocery bags and straws replaced with plastic versions. Now it is plastic is evil switch to paper......
rude.dawg
Plastics aren't the problem. Not knowing how to get the best out of discarded plastics is the problem. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-29/melbourne-company-rubbish-recycling-plastic-bag-road/9812450 http://www.roadsonline.com.au/recycled-plastic-used-in-airport-asphalt/ https://www.fastcompany.com/40486883/these-diy-machines-let-anyone-recycle-plastic-into-new-products https://printyour.city/