Nestlé joins alliance for responsible plant-based plastics

19 Nov 2013
Nestle joins Alliance for Responsible Plant Based Plastics

Nestlé has announced that it will work in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and seven consumer firms to encourage the responsible development of bioplastics, derived from plant materials. Tthe Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) will include key fast-moving consumer goods firms The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Ford, H.J. Heinz Company, Nike, P&G, and Unilever.
As consumers across the world seek sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based products, the alliance will aim to guide the responsible selection and harvesting of agricultural materials - such as sugar cane, corn, bulrush, and switchgrass - used to make bioplastics.

BFA intends to bring together leading experts from industry, academia and civil society to develop and support informed science, collaboration, education, and innovation to help guide the evaluation and sustainable development of materials that can be made into bioplastics.

Bioplastics made from sugar cane and other plant-based materials are already used in Nestlé's product portfolio. Since early 2012, several sizes of VITTEL bottled water have been packaged in a PET bottle made from 30% plant-based material.
Nestlé is particularly interested in second generation bioplastics, made, for example, from the by-products of forestry, agriculture or the food chain - such as molasses or cane residue - or non-food sources such as algae, cellulose and waste products.

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