Nestle Philippines have resorted to using paper straws instead of plastic ones to help reduce the use of non-biodegradable plastic, which has been one of the causes of pollution nowadays. According to the Nestle Philippines website, the initiative is part of its of its global commitment to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Thus, it was switched from plastic to paper straws for its ready to drink products, the first packaged beverage manufacturer to do so.
The company foresees that the move will eliminate 160 metric tons of plastic straws.
“Our broader vision at Nestlé, as the world’s largest food and beverage company, is to achieve a waste-free future in which none of our packaging, particularly plastic, ends up in landfills, the oceans, or as litter. The transition from plastic to paper straws for our RTD products is one concrete milestone toward realizing that vision,” states Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki.
“In developing alternative materials, in this case papers straws, we are reducing our use of plastics, particularly components that are hard to recycle and are litter-prone. At the same time, we want to see to it that our consumers continue to have great product experiences and are assured the RTD products they enjoy are packaged safely and sustainably,” states Nestlé Philippines SVP and Business Executive Officer for Lifestyle Beverages and Confectionary Joey Uy.
RTD brands Bear Brand and Nescafe variants for adults already has paper straws. Meanwhile, Milo, Yogu, and Chuckie will follow. Moreover, Nestle aims to educate consumers to keep straws inside cartons to prevent them from ending up as litter – spawning the initiative called ‘Push the Straw Back’. Moreover, under its Project GivePak, beverage cartons are collected and recycled into craft paper, notebook, and desk calendars.
“We are committed to look at every option to solve the complex challenges of plastic wastes and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now and in the future. Our approach focuses on three areas of work: developing the packaging for the future; helping to shape a waste-free future; and driving new behavior and understanding. A waste-free future can be realized and we are determined to do our share, to lead the way in shaping that future,” adds Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki.