Vevey, Switzerland – Nestlé announced today it has switched from plastic packaging to paper wrappers for its YES! snack bars, and that it plans to roll this out for other confectionery products. 

In response, Greenpeace Switzerland FMCG’s Global Campaigner Matthias Wüthrich said: 

“It’s good that Nestlé is finally rethinking the way the company delivers its products but substituting single-use plastic for another throwaway material is not the way to go. These kinds of false solutions, which are not environmentally friendly, are what put us in this mess in the first place. We need Nestlé to innovate away from the single-use model entirely. We call on the company to immediately reduce its plastic packaging and implement reusable systems rather than grasping at a quick fix that could cause further environmental disasters such as deforestation.”

Notes:

Nestlé was one of the top corporate plastic polluters identified in a worldwide cleanup and brand audit effort conducted by the Break Free From Plastic coalition last year. Full results here: https://www.greenpeace.org/international/press-release/18872/coca-cola-pepsico-and-nestle-found-to-be-worst-plastic-polluters-worldwide-in-global-cleanups-and-brand-audits/ 

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