Water is precious. That is why we consider the principles of sustainability when we source, produce and deliver natural water. When we take the time to make choices that include environmental and social aspects, we’re able to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Looking for ways to save water
We’re always looking for new and innovative technologies and ideas that can help us make the best use of water throughout our processes. Recently in Egypt we have been able to reduce the amount of water extracted from the wells and adjusting them with the production need. This procedure significantly reduced the amount of well water consumed by more than 50,000,000 liters every year. In addition, a new method was invented for the nitrification process that reduced the duration of this process from 40 days to 2 days. As a result, the amount of water consumed for this process decreased from 23,000 cubic meters of water per filter to only 2,000 cubic meters.
In 2017, we started the process of certification of our factory in Egypt under the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS). This is an international certification that sets rigorous criteria for managing water in ways that are environmentally, socially and economically beneficial.
We were able to fulfill all the certification requirements and in 2020 we officially got the AWS certification which was achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site and catchment-based actions.This is an important step for Nestlé Waters Egypt to be recognised as a responsible water user by the local community and global stakeholders
Packaging & Recycling
Plastic should be valued as a resource rather than a waste. This is why it should be managed in a way that prevents it from harming our environment. We have a identified a solid plan with regards to the plastic used in our packaging. This plan ensures the elimination of the non-recyclable material in addition to the reduction in the amount of plastic used. Our ambition is to have 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and none of our packaging, including plastic, to end up in landfill or as litter.Since 2015 we’ve reduced the amount of plastic in our products by an average of 15%.Moreover, we have removed the neck sleeve from our small formats bottles, which was identified as a PVC non-recyclable material.
Every drop counts
At Nestlé, our purpose is enhancing the quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. We help in developing thriving and resilient communities and support better livelihoods for those we live and work with. We have identified a roadmap with an objective of enhancing the living standards of the villagers in the community focusing on 3 pillars: health, education and rural development.
At Nestlé, we have a deliberate journey to ensure recyclable materials are collected and recycled. The PET bottle is a valuable resource that can be reused over and over, but the systems needed to do this in the Egypt are limited. That is why, in 2018, we are committed to invest a total of 5 million EGP in the Closed Loop Fund, a social impact investment fund committed to finding a national solution to the critical recycling gap in the Egypt. These investments will support comprehensive recycling infrastructure in Egypt.