Amcor announces it has collaborated with Nestle and a coalition of companies to produce a soft plastic food wrapper for KitKat made with 30% recycled polypropylene.

Partnering together Amcor, Nestlé, CurbCycle, iQ Renew, Licella, Viva Energy Australia, LyondellBasell, REDcycle, and Taghleef Industries, leveraged their individual expertise in collecting and processing soft plastic waste to create the prototype KitKat wrapper for the Australian market.

Simon Roy, vice president and general manager for Amcor Flexibles Australia and New Zealand commented: “This is an exciting time for Amcor and our participation in this project is fully aligned with our commitment to ensure all our packaging is designed to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.

“As the global leader for consumer packaging, we were proud to contribute our expertise in designing a structure that meets consumer needs and has a responsible end of life where it can be reprocessed and reused in food-grade packaging.

“Soft plastics create a strong consumer-friendly packaging solution with great barrier properties and are lightweight and cost-efficient. This collaboration shows how soft plastics can be part of the circular economy when stakeholders across the entire value chain work together and is a fantastic outcome for the environment and our communities.”

Sandra Martinez, CEO of Nestlé Australia, added: “Between us, we have shown there’s a pathway to solve the soft plastics problem. Manufacturers like Nestlé will have a key role in driving demand for food-grade recycled soft plastic packaging and creating market conditions that will ensure all stakeholders throughout the value chain view soft plastics as a resource and not waste.”