Nestlé has announced that it will work in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and seven consumer firms to encourage the responsible development of bioplastics, derived from plant materials. Along with Nestlé, the Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance (BFA) will include consumer goods firms The Coca-Cola Co., Danone, Ford, H.J. Heinz Co., Nike, P&G, and Unilever.
As consumers across the world seek sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based products, the alliance will aim to guide the responsible selection and harvesting of agricultural materials—such as sugar cane, corn, bulrush, and switchgrass—used to make bioplastics.
“Joining the alliance means we will be able to help build a more sustainable future for the bioplastics industry whilst addressing issues such as land use, food security, and biodiversity,” said Anne Roulin, Nestlé’s Global Research and Development Sustainability Manager.
BFA intends to bring together leading experts from industry, academia, and civil society to develop and support informed science, collaboration, education, and innovation to help guide the evaluation and sustainable development of materials that can be made into bioplastics. Nestlé is already using bioplastics made from sugar cane and other plant-based materials it its product portfolio. For example, since 2012 several sizes of VITTEL bottled water have been packaged in a PET bottle made from 30% plant-based material.