Nestlé to eliminate 200million plastic straws a year

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Kuala Lumpur, 24 July 2020 – Nestlé (M) Bhd will implement 100 per cent paper straws across its entire UHT range by the end 2020.

This will make it the first large scale food and beverage company in Asean to do so.

Nestle Malaysia said the initiative would eliminate over 200 million plastic straws per year.

This will mark another breakthrough in the company’s war on plastic waste and in line with its global pledge to make its packaging 100 per cent recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Its chief executive officer Juan Aranols said to date, 90 per cent of Nestlé Malaysia’s total packaging was already designed for recycling.

“Last year, we started by introducing paper straws for our Milo UHT 125ml drink packs and for our newly-launched Milo Nutri Pluz.

“We are now pleased to deliver on our commitment to expand this all across our Ready To Drink (RTD) UHT products, with the transition completed by the end of 2020.”

This was all part of its commitment to design environmentally friendly packaging solutions and adopt them with a positive sense of urgency, he added.

Nestlé Malaysia said paper straws would be implemented progressively across Nestlé Malaysia’s entire UHT range this year.

This includes Milo UHT 200ml, Milo UHT 125 ml, Milo Nutri Pluz 200 ml, Nestlé Just Milk Full Cream UHT 200ml, Nestlé Just Milk Strawberry UHT 200ml, Nestlé Omega Plus UHT 200ml and Nestlé Omega Plus Dark Choc UHT 200ml.

Nestlé Malaysia said it was also committed to helping Malaysia increase recycling, through education campaigns that raise awareness among its consumers.

Citing an example, it said the CAREton Project by Milo UHT aims to collect 45 million used beverage cartons in 2020.

In partnership with Tetra Pak, the collected packs are recycled into roofing tiles that are later donated to Orang Asli communities.

Launched in 2013, and until the end of 2019, CAREton Project has already collected over 95 million drink packs with enough materials to build 280 homes.

-New Straits Times