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Nestlé’s new packaging research institute

Nestlé has opened an Institute of Packaging Sciences in Switzerland to try to address the global problem of plastic waste.

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

To achieve this Nestlé will introduce reusable packaging solutions and environmentally friendly packaging materials. These will include high-performance barrier papers as well as bio-based, compostable and biodegradable materials.

“The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences enables us to create a strong pipeline of sustainable packaging solutions for Nestlé products across businesses and markets,” said Schneider.

Some 50 employees work at the Institute in partnership with external scientists and start-ups so the chance for success in this type of packaging looks positive.

Nestlé Oceania packaging specialist, Jacky Nordsvan, said, “The creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences is an exciting development to help us find more safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions for our products”.

“Our local team is continuing to focus on packaging initiatives such as our new Allen’s lolly tubs sold through convenience and petrol. The Allen’s tubs have been designed to integrate the tamper evident tab into the lid so that all packaging can be recycled,” said Nordsvan.

Previous designs meant that the tamper evident tab was too small for recycling. “Now that the tub is 100% recyclable, we have reduced the number of packaging components and simplified consumer communication about how to recycle,” said Nordsvan.

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