Our Commitment to Sustainability | Nestlé Careers
Nestlé Purina’s commitment to sustainability—as a company and as individuals—goes beyond the word. We walk the talk.
We have made strides in reducing our carbon footprint, and we’re not done yet. In 2020, our St. Louis headquarters diverted one million pounds of waste from landfill—that’s equivalent to the weight of one Boeing 747 plane or the weight of more than 142,800 Yorkie dogs!
When it comes to making our high-quality products, we work to source ingredients responsibly and reduce energy, water, and waste from our operations. Our products are thoughtfully prepared at our factories, where more than 80 percent of electricity used comes from renewable sources. We’re on track to hit 100 percent renewable electricity across all our manufacturing facilities by 2025. Our factories also maintain zero waste for disposal, which means all discarded material is sent to credible vendors that specialize in recovering the ecological and/or economic value of the material, which commonly include recycling, energy recovery, and compost. When it comes to ingredients, Nestlé Purina is helping fund the work of suppliers and sustainability partners in the regions where we source our ingredients in the U.S. to scale regenerative agriculture practices on farms, which results in healthier soil and carbon sequestration.
Beyond the manufacturing of our products, we’re also working to optimize our packaging and transport our products using highly efficient methods. By 2025, we’re committed to having 95 percent of our packaging designed for recycling, and we’ll continue to identify innovative solutions for the remainder of our portfolio. Currently, 90 percent of our packaging is designed for recycling, and Purina brands use the How2Recycle label to share recycling information with pet owners to help prevent recoverable materials from entering landfills. Aluminum cans that our wet dog and cat food come in can be recycled endlessly, resulting in a significant decrease in waste to landfills. In fact, recycling 75 percent of all aluminum cans would prevent 11.8 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. Many of our litter jugs are recyclable, and in 2023, we’ll begin transitioning our small plastic pet food bags to a material recyclable at store drop-off. Regardless of material—aluminum cans, plastic jugs, or shrink wrap, we provide guidance on how and where our consumers can dispose of their empty product containers. We also encourage our consumers to always check with their local waste hauler or community recycling center to verify a specific material is acceptable for single-stream recycling.
We’re committed to sustainability because we believe future generations of people and pets deserve spaces to roam, play, and live. Sustainability is good business, doing good for our planet and our pets. We believe in continual progress and recognize there is always room to deepen our commitment to sustainability.
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