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Nestle to Spend $487M on Sustainable Coffee Supply Chain

Nestle will invest CHF 500 million (approximately $487 million) to address responsible farming, sourcing and consumption across its coffee supply chain. Nestle purchases around 780,000 tons of green coffee a year or 10 percent of the world’s supply. Nestle’s Nescafé Plan is a global initiative that builds on the CHF … Read more »

Packaging Reduction Can Do More Harm than Good

Packaging Reduction Can Do More Harm than Good

A new report by the Global Packaging Project (GPP) states that the environmental risks of excessive packaging reduction can be greater than excessive packaging. The report, A Global Language for Packaging and Sustainability, summarizes the work of the GPP to date, and consisted of input coming from projects taking place … Read more »

Nestle Quits Sinar Mas after Greenpeace Campaign

Nestle announced it will cease buying palm oil from suppliers linked to deforestation after a two month campaign by Greenpeace. The campaign highlighted Nestle’s relationship with the Sinar Mas Group, an Indonesian chemical and lumber products conglomerate which Greenpeace has accused of illegal deforestation practices. Last year, Greenpeace successfully lobbied … Read more »

Greenpeace Urges Nestle to Drop Palm Oil Supplier

Greenpeace International has launched a campaign against Nestle alleging that popular chocolate bars such as KitKat and Coffee Crisp use palm oil from Sinar Mas, one of the largest producers of palm oil, which is threatening the rainforest, endangering orangutans and reducing carbon dioxide sinks, reports the Vancouver Sun. Greenpeace … Read more »

World Water Day Roundup: Coke, Pepsi, Nestle, Nalco, EPA & More

Global corporations, as well as the EPA, have timed major water-related initiatives with World Water Day, March 22. Here’s a look at some of the announcements. First, the two cola giants have separate initiatives. PepsiCo is more than three-quarters toward its goal of reducing water consumption by 20 percent by … Read more »

Nestle Loses Plastic in 100% Recyclable Christmas Boxes

It may be more than four months until Christmas, but Nestle already is finding ways to reduce the expected piles of holiday gift waste. The candy maker has eliminated a plastic tray from its holiday gift boxes, making the packaging 100 percent recyclable, reports PackagingNewsUK. Instead of the plastic presentation … Read more »

Recycled Paperboard Goes Gangbusters in 09

If the rate of companies adopting 100 percent recycled cardboard labeling persists for all of 2009, this will be the most active year on record, said the the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance. Through June 30, 18 American brand owners have chosen to sign a license agreement with the RPA-100%, granting … Read more »

Sainsbury’s Ditches Cereal Box

Sainsbury’s is the first supermarket chain to eliminate cardboard cereal boxes from its grocery shelves, and has started selling milk in polythene bags, which contain 75 percent less packaging than rigid plastic milk bottles, reports the UK TimesOnline. The UK-based grocer expects these steps to help cut packaging on its … Read more »

Leading Packaged Food Companies Continue to Use BPA Chemical

Fourteen of the largest public packaged food and beverage companies still use chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their packaging despite studies linking the synthetic sex hormone to developmental problems, heart disease and diabetes, according to a new report from Green Century Capital Management (Green Century) and As You Sow. BPA … Read more »

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