Nestlé has announced that it is joining forces with other industry partners to build a fully recyclable, compostable fibre cup as part of the NextGen Consortium and Cup Challenge.
This announcement follows Nestlé’s commitment to accelerate action to tackle plastic waste, in line with its commitment to making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
NextGen Cup Challenge
The NextGen Cup Challenge is a multi-year, multi-industry global consortium that aims to advance the design, commercialisation and recovery of food packaging alternatives.
It calls on innovators, start-ups, suppliers and industry experts to join a global challenge to develop the next generation of recyclable, compostable, hot and cold, to-go, fibre cups.
"Solving the issue of plastic waste requires collaboration among many different stakeholders,” Stefan Palzer, Nestlé chief technology officer, said.
“We are excited to join the NextGen Consortium and Cup Challenge as it brings together start-ups, industry partners and suppliers to find an industry-wide, global packaging solution for sustainable to-go cups."
The challenge launched in October last year, and the winners are due to be announced this month. Up to six winners could be invited to enter an accelerator program to help scale up and commercialise their solutions.
They will also receive a portion of up to $1 million in funding to help advance their idea through the supply chain and into consumers’ hands.
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