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Nestlé Health Science introduces plant-based lids and spoons in medical nutrition products

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Nestlé Health Science has taken a significant step in its sustainability commitments and has begun to replace fossil-based plastic in a number of its pediatric products with a plant-based plastic alternative.

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Nestlé Health Science has taken a significant step in its sustainability commitments and has begun to replace fossil-based plastic in a number of its pediatric products with a plant-based plastic alternative.


We push the boundaries of science to provide medical nutrition solutions that enable healthier lives, and now we’re putting that same passion into pioneering new packaging to contribute to a healthier planet.


Nestlé Health Science is introducing the new packaging material for its Althéra®, Alfaré®, Alfamino®, Modulen® IBD and Peptamen® Junior brands. This new plant-based packaging will also be available for Nestlé’s infant formula brands

OUR COMMITMENT

Delivering safe and high-quality nutrition to support lifelong health is our commitment. Of course, our health is bound up with the future of the planet. That is why Nestlé has set itself ambitious sustainability targets.


When it comes to meeting these targets, improving our packaging is a major priority and we keep three essential criteria in mind: Safety, recyclability and when possible, an increased use of renewable material.


We have found a solution that delivers on all three criteria: plant-based plastic.

AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION

Plastic is traditionally made of fossil fuels, a limited resource that takes millions of years to replenish.


Through extensive research and innovation, we have been able to replace at least 66% and 95% of the fossil-based plastic in our lids and spoons, respectively, with a renewable plant-based plastic, from responsibly and sustainably sourced sugar cane, without compromising on the safety or quality.



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Here’s how the process works


For about 65% of the mills where we source this material, we follow a very particular process.

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It starts with the ‘first press’. This involves crushing the sugar cane to extract a sweet juice that can be drunk naturally or processed further to create granulated sugar.
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The plant-based resin we use in our packaging, comes from the “second juice”, that is to say the remaining sugar that is not used for edible purposes.
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Nothing is wasted: once we have extracted the edible sugar and the “second juice” for the plant-based resin, the rest of the sugar cane, what they call the “bagasse” is converted into bioethanol, an organic compound that can be used as feedstock for the production process. We even collect the nutrient rich liquid that flows out during the milling process to use as a natural fertilizer for the crops.

Safety


Our plant-based plastic is just as reliable and safe as regular plastic. We have carried out extensive tests to ensure its integrity as a packaging andutensil material, as well as its safety when coming into contact with food powder.


Recyclability


Today, the entire packaging, from the metals in the tin and foil, to the new plant-based plastic of our lids and scoops are designed to be recyclable - where the infrastructure to do so is available. With the plant-based plastic, we will also lighten the color of the lid so that it is easier to recycle. It’s just our latest step as part of Nestlé’s global commitment to make 100% of our packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025.

CLOSING THE CIRCLE

This great new innovation creates a virtuous circle that uses renewable resources to create renewable packaging to help preserve a healthy planet for the next generation.


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IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Mothers should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding even when their infants have cow’s milk protein allergy. This usually requires qualified dietary counseling to completely exclude all sources of cow’s milk protein from the mothers’ diet. If a decision to use a special formula intended for infants is taken, it is important to give instructions on correct preparation methods, emphasizing that unboiled water, unsterilized bottles, or incorrect dilution can all lead to illness. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision. Althéra®, Alfaré®, Alfamino®, Modulen® IBD and Peptamen® Junior Powder are Food for Special Medical Purposes to be used under medical supervision.