New MAGGI packaging design saves 30 tonnes of virgin plastic per year

Monday, October 25, 2021

Nestlé Professional is committed to finding ways to reduce the environmental impact of our products as we strive to make a difference to the planet and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of our Nestlé global Net Zero Roadmap, we’re aiming to reduce our use of virgin plastics by one third by 2025.

With that goal in mind, we started the journey in 2020, with a 15 tonne yearly reduction in virgin plastic of our MAGGI and NESTLÉ Docello 2kg plastic packs. Continuing with this focus, we are proud to announce the MAGGI Professional range of products in 7-8kg packs has been redesigned to remove 30 tonnes of virgin plastic – the equivalent of 64,000 packaging bases and lids – every year.

By the end of 2021, all MAGGI Professional 7-8kg plastic packs will be available in a new packaging design which has been developed with no compromise on product quality or freshness, while remaining easy to open and close.

The simple re-design of our MAGGI 7-8kg packs demonstrates how relatively small changes can make a big difference. It will reduce our plastic use by 17 per cent and remove 30 tonnes of virgin plastic from the marketplace which is a great win for our customers and our planet.

This project was one of the first initiatives that started Nestlé Professional’s sustainability journey in Oceania and has now come to fruition after much hard work from the Nestlé Professional team. The successful journey that led to this new packaging represents an important step towards achieving our sustainability goals.

An elegant design solution

To achieve the 17 per cent plastic reduction, the team worked closely with our packaging supplier to re-design the lid to remove the silicone gasket and change the opening mechanism. The opening mechanism changed from a separate tear off strip attached to the lid, to a ‘stay on’ tab that is fully integrated it into the packaging base, so it can be designed for recycling.

The new packaging design will also be significantly reduced in weight, while maintaining the same shelf life and providing the same strength and reliable leak-proof seal.

The project team successfully overcame some key challenges such as ensuring adequate strength remained in the new pack to withstand the rigors of the supply chain, while ensuring the lid remained easy for customers to open.

Even though it was a relatively small design change, the new lid required modifications to our factory’s automatic lidder machinery, which was only resolved via a collaborative effort between our equipment and packaging suppliers and our factory’s technical and engineering teams.

A process of ongoing improvement

Our commitment to reducing use of virgin plastic by one third by 2025, is just one of the ways we are working to provide products that are better for the planet.

Find out more about our commitment to sustainability on our hub, and also our vision for our product packaging here: What is Nestlé doing to tackle packaging waste? | Nestlé (nestle.com.au)