SIG partners with Nestle for alternative straws


Nestlé is the first customer to introduce SIG’s paper straw solution

SIG has announced that it will launch an alternative to plastic straws with a paper straw on some of its portion-size packs, available in Q1, 2019. Nestlé is the first customer to introduce SIG’s paper straw solution and has already tested the market launch in the Dominican Republic.

Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG said, “We saw an opportunity to address concerns about marine litter and offer added value to our customers by helping them meet consumer and regulatory demand to scrap plastic straws. This win-win is a great example of how our commitment to go Way Beyond Good for the environment is delivering real business benefits.”

Michael Schwan, Manufacturing Manager RTD – Dairy Strategic Business Unit at Nestlé said, “We are committed to improving the environmental performance of our packaging and addressing the critical issue of single-use plastics is an important part of that. We need effective, scalable solutions and SIG’s new paper straw has the potential to meet that need.”

As per the company statement, “The new paper straws will be made of paperboard from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests or other controlled sources. Customers can already include the FSC label on any SIG carton and they will be able to add the label to the paper straws once the manufacturing partner has completed FSC Chain-of-Custody certification, which is expected during the second half of 2019.”

The statement also says, “The new paper straw solution supports SIG’s efforts to use more renewable materials. The initial volume of paper straws will be limited during the launch phase, as SIG ramps up capacity with its manufacturing partner. SIG is also continuing to invest in new ways to apply this alternative straw solution to a wider variety of packaging formats.”



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