Lactalis Nestlé, a major producer of yoghurt and dairy desserts, has announced that it is transitioning to the use of recycled plastic in the packaging for two of its brands. The company entered into an agreement with Repsol under which, since June, the Repsol has supplied its Reciclex mass-balanced recycled material to Logoplaste in Guadalajara in Spain, for the production of the chilled dairy product bottles used by Lactalis Nestlé for its Nestlé Kefir brand in Spain and Portugal and the Yoggi brand of drinking yogurt marketed in Portugal.
The chemically recycled food-grade PE material is based on plastic waste that could not be mechanically recycled. The entire value chain, from Repsol as the supplier of the material, through Logoplaste, the manufacturer of the bottles in the Lactalis Nestlé factory in Guadalajara (Spain), and Lactalis Nestlé, as the entity responsible for the product and the filling of the containers in Guadalajara, is ISCC PLUS certified, ensuring the traceability of the recycled materials used throughout the process. The Nestlé Kefir range bottles produced in Guadalajara (Spain) for Spain and Portugal are made with 30% recycled material; the material used for the Yoggi brand drinking yogurt bottles, marketed in Portugal, contains 10% recycled content.
"Being able to use recycled plastic to manufacture our bottles represents an important step in the way to circularity,” said Lluis Farré, Lactalis Nestlé's general manager for southern Europe.
“However, everyone's commitment is the key to this initiative's success. Starting with the consumer, by separating the label from the bottle and disposing of both elements in the yellow container, to the agents such as Repsol, Logoplaste, and Lactalis Nestlé, who jointly promote the circularity of packaging in direct contact with food.”