Nestlé Colombia will cut its annual use of 10 million plastic straws and wrappers by using paper-based solutions for MILO®️ and KLIM®️ Ready to Drink

  • Colombia will be a pioneer in the use of paper packaging. With this innovation, Nestlé Colombia will achieve a reduction of 13 tons of plastics each year.
  • This innovation will also achieve a reduction of 19.5 CO2 tons per year.
  • The company has the goal of collecting 3,400 tons of plastics by 2021 through the implementation of several projects that promote the reuse of materials.  

 

As part of its global commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable and or reusable by 2025, Nestlé Colombia announced that it will replace the plastic straws and wrappers of its MILO® and KLIM® Ready to Drink products with paper packaging, expecting to remove 13 tons of plastics from the market and to eliminate the emission of 19.5 CO2 tons per year.

“Colombia is the first country in the world to implement the use of straw paper wrappers for MILO® and KLIM® Ready to Drink products. This milestone is part of our vision and action plan to achieve a waste-free future and is supported by the ongoing innovation processes implemented to achieve our goals,” said Mr. Antonio Núñez, Nestlé Colombia’s CEO.

In total, ten million plastic straws and wrappers will no longer be used in the country each year. The company has the goal of collecting 3,400 tons of plastics by 2021 through the implementation of several projects that promote the reuse of materials. It also seeks to achieve a 30% reduction of virgin plastics used in the packaging process, without increasing the cost of the finished product.

“This initiative will definitely allow us to advance in our global commitment of achieving a Net Zero environmental impact by 2050 by renewing, innovating and transforming a large part of the materials we use in product packaging,” added Mr. Núñez.

Nestlé is also working on different fronts to introduce sustainable market solutions through its own brands. For instance, Nestlé Colombia partnered with Tetra Pack to set up a collection goal of 80% of carton products, including MILO®, for 2022. Similarly, the company is working with Amcor to develop more sustainable packaging solutions, making MILO® the first chocolate powder brand with a recyclable plastic wrapper in Latin America.    

As a result of this strategic partnership, the company recently launched the new high barrier packaging for MILO®, thus creating new and innovating solutions that meet high shelf life, sustainability and aesthetic appeal standards.