Nestlé and Philippines DoST collaborate to drive sustainable packaging solutions

Nestlé and Philippines DoST collaborate to drive sustainable packaging solutions

Sustainability

The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) and Nestlé Philippines Inc. have joined forces in a collaborative research initiative focusing on nutrition, health, sustainability, and packaging.

The Manila Times reports that the partnership aims to drive innovation and address key challenges for the benefit of the Filipino people.

As part of Nestlé Philippines' commitment to sustainable practices, the company will integrate biodegradable and compostable packaging materials into its food products, championing responsible consumption and a waste-free future. This aligns with Nestlé's vision to serve as a "Kasambuhay" or partner in life for Filipinos.

In support of Nestlé's sustainability goals, the company will actively tackle the issue of plastic waste and accelerate efforts towards a waste-free future. Nestlé Philippines is dedicated to finding innovative solutions that minimise plastic waste and contribute to a circular economy.

Under the leadership of Secretary Renato Solidum Jr., the Department of Science and Technology's Industrial Technology Development Institute (DoST-ITDI) is spearheading the development of sustainable packaging materials. This includes exploring kraft paperboard and plant cellulose nanofibers as alternatives for packaging various products, such as toilet paper, kitchen towels, and facial tissues.

Nestlé Headquarters in Vevey Switzerland
Nestlé Headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland © Nestlé (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The collaboration between DoST and Nestlé Philippines represents a significant step forward in advancing research and development in the areas of nutrition, health, sustainability, and packaging. By combining their expertise and resources, both organisations are committed to driving positive change and creating a healthier future for the Filipino people.

Nestlé Philippines CEO and chair Kais Marzouki, said: We want a sustainable waste management opportunity at the end of each product life. And there is no better way to do this than to engage with one of the country's experts like ITDI.
DoST Secretary Renato Solidum Jr, said: To date, mismanaged plastic wastes account for, between 1970 to 2019, an estimated 30 million metric tons of plastics in our oceans and seas while more than 100 million tons had accumulated in rivers and lakes.

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