The Nestle compound in Valsayn

As part of global efforts to make 100 per cent of packaging either recyclable or reusable by the year 2025, Nestlé T&T Limited has ceased production using plastic straws, and transitioned to the use of sustainably sourced paper straws across its entire range of ready-to-drink juice and dairy products.

In a release, Patricio Torres, Nestlé Head of Market for the Anglo Dutch Caribbean Region (ADC) noted that this was not an easy job, especially given the challenges faced in 2020 within the context of COVID-19.

He indicated that as a team, Nestlé kept its commitment to deliver the best product not just for consumers, but for the planet.

He added: “This is very close to our hearts, and our purpose as a company.”

In the statement, Elisa Doldron, Business Executive Officer for Dairy, Juices and Ready-to-Drink Beverages at Nestlé ADC made it clear that this is only the first step, sharing that the company’s paper straw innovation represents an 89 per cent reduction in plastic used in traditional plastic straws at the Valsayn factory.

She added that the transition to a paper straw wrap—which encases the paper straw on pack—is already well underway in the design and testing phases.

Nestlé noted that the paper straws are designed for recycling within the beverage container and should be pushed back into the pack and placed in beverage container recycling bins.

It added that the paper straws are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) ensuring that the straws come from responsibly managed forests, and maintain the U-shaped bend of the previous plastic straw.