Nestlé Waters invests in research of new packaging alternative. Our experts in France have made considerable progress in bio plastics.
Our packaging experts based at the Product Technology Centre in Vittel (France) closely follow developments in alternative packaging materials, such as the production of packaging materials from renewable origin (e.g. PET from plants) or bio-degradable materials.
In the long-term, such developments should offer environmentally responsible options for replacing the use of non-renewable resources with renewable sources.
For the time being, there are still a number of unknowns and uncertainties to address before moving beyond the current research and experimentation stages.
These include the following uncertainties:
- compliance of these materials with our quality and safety standards, supply capacity;
- impacts on the environment which include: the use of water resources, overall energy consumption and carbon footprint.
About new packaging alternatives
When analyzing new packaging material alternatives, we used an in-depth “cradle to grave” life-cycle assessment to accurately assess their environmental impacts.
Above all, in the context of the international food crisis, we believe that the industrial development of bio plastics should, in the short- and long term future, have no negative impact on food availability.
Considering all of these parameters, we believe that currently, PET is the packaging material that is most suitable for the beverage industry.
A significant transition on an industrial scale from PET to an alternative bio-material that would satisfy the previous requirements cannot be realistically foreseen within the next few years.
However, our R&D capacities will continue to actively explore and seriously consider alternative packaging solutions, as long as they make positive and proven technological and environmental sense.
In 2008, Nestlé Waters and Nestlé France partnered, along with other corporations, with PARISTECH - Ecole des Mines de Paris to create the Chair of Bio-plastics.
The primary purpose of this consortium is to contribute to innovative research programs and assessment surveys that will further explore this promising technology.
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