Dr Anne Roulin, Global Head of Packaging and Design at Nestlé, explained why conventional plastics made from renewable resources could be the industry's next major trend. She said that bioplastics made from sugar cane and other plant based materials are demonstrating the kind of properties that could be used more widely across the Company's product portfolio. Dr Roulin went on to point out that a third generation of plastics made from non-food sources such as algae, cellulose, and waste products is also in the pipeline.
However she added such materials are unlikely to be available on the scale required until at least 2015. She described how the use of a ground-breaking eco-design tool has enhanced the Company's ability to assess the full environmental impact of a particular packaging design
She also explained, why changing consumers are influencing the way Nestlé designs its products; from easier-to-open bottles for a rapidly ageing population, to different pack sizes for shoppers in emerging markets.
Nestlé is one of the world's leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness companies.
The Company was founded in 1866 by Henri Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland. They employ around 280 000 people and have factories or operations in almost every country in the world. Nestlé sales for 2010 were almost CHF 110 bn.