Nestle is proving that it’s easy to be green. The company committed to converting all its packaging to reusable or recyclable containers by 2025, and now they’re putting those plans into action.

Nestle is taking the lead in sustainability

The company is currently taking steps to create alternative packaging materials to create a waste-free future and inspire other companies to do the same. Last month, Nestle began eliminating plastic straws and moving toward paper packaging for its products. Over the next year, the company plans to introduce paper packaging for popular products like Nesquick and Smarties. And over the next half-decade between 2020 and 2025, Nestle will phase out plastics that are difficult to recycle or not recyclable whatsoever. It’s become clear that the company is following through with its plans, with all 4,200 of Nestle’s worldwide facilities committed to eliminate single-use, non-recyclable plastic items.

Nestle’s shared their waste reduction plans, less than one year after the company announced its movement toward a sustainable packaging model. In 2018, Nestle shared their commitment to move toward sustainable packaging over the next several years with a focus on reducing plastic waste. While they acknowledged that we don’t live in a 100 percent sustainable, plastic-free world, company officials want to address the waste that plastic packaging creates and do what they can to make a difference.

“While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100 percent recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis,” said Nestle CEO Mark Schneider. “We need to push the boundaries and do more. We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now.”

An inspiration for other brands

Nestle is paving the way for other major brands to move toward sustainability, as well. One way they are doing so is by partnering with other companies to help them develop sustainable business practices alongside Nestle. For example, the company has partnered with Danimer Scientific in Georgia to develop a biodegradable water bottle, and PureCycle Technologies in Ohio to produce food-grade recycled polypropylene. With Nestle’s help, these companies can decrease their waste and commit to a sustainable future.

However, Nestle shouldn’t be the only major company committing to a sustainable future. Plastic food containers and excessive plastic packaging winds up on our streets, in our oceans, and in our landfills every day, and if large companies don’t become more sustainable, they will continue to be part of the problem. With plastic waste contaminating our planet at a rapid rate, we need large companies like Nestle to publicize the importance of sustainability and share why our environment is worth it.

But you don’t have to be a global corporation to make a difference. Your business can become just as mindful of your waste and environmental footprint by partnering with Recycle1. Recycle1 helps Arizona businesses streamline their own recycling programs so they can move to a zero-waste business model. Not only will Recycle1 help your company make the most of your recyclable materials, but we will help you find green alternatives to your non-recyclable materials, as well.

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