ZURICH – In February, Nestle will begin to phase out plastic straws from its products, replacing them with paper straws and other alternative materials, Reuters reports. The company is also developing biodegradable water bottles to slash plastic waste.
These steps come as part of an initiative begun in 2018 by Nestle to have all its packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025. Within the same time frame, Nestle Waters will up the recycled PET in its bottles to reach 35% worldwide and 50% in the United States, specifically for its Poland Spring brand.
Nestle has been working on new biodegradable polymers and paper-based materials that are recyclable. “This could become a valuable option in places where recycling infrastructure does not yet exist and will not be available for some time,” the company said in a statement.
The company has tapped Danimer Scientific to work on a marine biodegradable and recyclable bottle for its bottled waters and PureCycle Technologies to develop food-grade recycled polypropylene for food packing in bottles, cups, trays and tubs.
Nestle will continue to assess the projected impact of these new materials on their products, including manufacturing costs and shelf life. “Some of those alternative solutions are even cheaper, some of them are cost neutral and indeed some of them are more expensive,” said Magdi Batato, who heads Nestle’s global operations.