18 Mar 20 First baby food packaging designed for the future of recycling
Nestlé has launched a first-of-its-kind, single-material pouch for its baby food products designed for the future of recycling.
In the US, the new pouch will be available exclusively online at TheGerberStore.com for Gerber‘s Organic Banana Mango Puree beginning in May 2020. It will be 100% recyclable through Gerber‘s national recycling program with TerraCycle.
In Finland, the pouch will be available for Piltti’s Apple Pear Blueberry Raspberry widely sold in supermarkets.
Thierry Philardeau, Head of the Nutrition Strategic Business Unit, Nestlé said: “We are proud to have found a solution for the recyclability of baby food pouches.
“We began in the US and Finland for two product variants, and we aim to gradually extend the use of single-material pouch to our baby food pouches range globally.”
This is in line with Nestlé’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
The newly designed-to-be-recyclable pouch is made from polypropylene (PP), a versatile form of plastic available commercially. It was developed in partnership with Gualapack, the world leader of premade spouted pouches.
Single material pouch – infinitely recyclable
This switch is expected to make more plastics infinitely recyclable and increase the value of the material for the recycling industry.
“This launch is an important milestone on how we execute our ambition to create a wider market for recycled plastics that are safe for food.
“We will continue to work with other stakeholders to ensure that the infrastructure needed to recycle matches material innovation,” added Philardeau.
“Designing with a single material creates greater value for the recycling industry, promoting the development of better recycling infrastructure,” said Associate Director of Packaging at Gerber, Tony Dzikowicz.
“After more than two years of experimenting and innovating, we were able to help create a first-of-its-kind solution for baby food that meets the safety and freshness requirements for our little ones.”
Source: Nestlé, Gerber