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Nestlé reduces plastics in packs

April 15
11:01 2013

Consumer goods giant Nestlé has reduced the amount of plastic materials it employs in its packaging by 34% since 1991, according to media reports.

Speaking at the Renewable Plastics conference in Amsterdam, Philippe Roulet, head of global packaging materials and testing, said the use of plastics and laminates has gone down more than any other material (the company has reduced its use of glass by 13 %, for example), partly because of changes to water bottles, according to plasticsnews.com.

The news website said that the bottle for Ozarka, a bottled water brand sold in the United States, is now made with only 9.3 grams of resin, he said, showing a slide which demonstrated that bottles for carbonated drinks were sometimes made with more than 20 grams of materials.

Roulet said:”We need to consider a holistic approach and think about packaging and product, not just packaging. On its own, plastic has a higher impact than paper, but as paper results in more product spoiling, the overall waste is the same.”

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