Vevey, Switzerland – Nestle announced today plans to accelerate its actions to tackle plastic pollution, which include making its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and shifting to single-use paper and other alternatives.

In response, Greenpeace Global Plastics Project Leader Graham Forbes said:

“It’s good that Nestle is finally acknowledging the severity of the plastic pollution crisis by eliminating non-recyclable products and admitting that recycling is not enough, but the solution isn’t to simply shift to another throwaway material. These kinds of false solutions, which are not environmentally friendly, are what put us in this mess in the first place. We need Nestle to innovate away from the single use-model entirely. While today’s announcement is a step in the right direction, the company needs to scale up its efforts toward reusable systems rather than grasping at a quick fix that could cause further environmental disaster such as deforestation.”

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Notes:

Nestle 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/

Contacts: 

Perry Wheeler, Greenpeace USA Senior Communications Specialist:+1 301 675 8766, perry.wheeler@greenpeace.org

Capucine Dayen, Greenpeace USA Global Comms Lead for Plastics: +33 647 971 819, capucine.dayen@greenpeace.org

Greenpeace International Press Desk: +31 (0)20 718 2470 (available 24 hours), pressdesk.int@greenpeace.org