Nestlé misses the mark with statement on tackling its single-use plastics problem

Press release - April 11, 2018
11 April, 2018, Manila, Philippines - Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, released a statement [1] aimed at addressing the growing plastic pollution crisis. The company’s statement does not include clear targets to reduce and eventually phase out single-use plastics. Instead, it announced “ambition” for its packaging to be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025, plans for “continuing to increase the proportion of recycled plastics in packaging” without a clear timeline, and additional efforts to help facilitate recycling by consumers.

 In response to today’s news, Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner Graham Forbes said:
“Nestlé’s statement on plastic packaging includes more of the same greenwashing baby steps to tackle a crisis it helped to create. It will not actually move the needle toward the reduction of single-use plastics in a meaningful way, and sets an incredibly low standard as the largest food and beverage company in the world. The statement is full of ambiguous or nonexistent targets, relies on ‘ambitions’ to do better, and puts the responsibility on consumers rather than the company to clean up its own plastic pollution.
“Identified as one of the worst plastic polluters in cleanups and brand audits around the world, Nestle is accountable to do more to address the problem. It is in the position and has the power and resources to phase out single-use plastics towards zero-waste in its packaging.
“A company of Nestlé’s size should be setting a strong standard to actually move away from throwaway plastics. It should know by now that recycling efforts are not going to clean up our oceans, waterways, and communities. On the contrary, the company’s business as usual will only accelerate plastic pollution.”
Nestlé was the worst polluter identified as part of an 8-day cleanup and brand audit of plastic pollution found at Freedom Island in the Philippines in 2017. The company’s products have a consistent presence in cleanups and brand audits completed around the world.
Photos of Nestlé’s plastic pollution impact:
Note to the editor:

[1] Nestle aiming at 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025
Media Contact:

Abigail Aguilar, Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines
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Angelica Carballo Pago, Media Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines
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