Nestlé and Amcor are among a group of companies that have collaborated to produce Australia’s first soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content.

The prototype KitKat wrapper has been created by a coalition of companies with a shared interest – to close the loop on recycling soft plastics.

Together with Nestlé and Amcor, CurbCycle, iQ Renew, Licella, Viva Energy Australia, LyondellBasell, REDcycle and Taghleef Industries bring their individual expertise together to collect and process waste soft plastic, turn it back into oil, and create the prototype wrapper.

Turning soft plastic back into oil is the only path plastic waste can take if it is to be transformed into a food safe wrapper – innovative Australian technology that is ready for commercial roll-out in Australia.

“Between us, we have shown that there’s a pathway to solve the soft plastics problem,” says Sandra Martinez, CEO of Nestlé Australia.

“To build this at scale, across all states and territories, across hundreds of councils, is going to take a huge effort from government at all levels, from industry and from consumers, but I think it can be done.

“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.”