Switzerland-based food and beverage company Nestlé is introducing lids and scoops made from renewable resources for some of its early years nutrition products.

The lids are made 66% from sugar cane and the scoops are made 95% from sugar cane.

Both are certified as plant-based plastic packaging and are recyclable in countries that can recycle polyethylene (PE), although they are not compostable or biodegradable.

Nestlé has said that the new lids and scoops keep the same properties and functionalities as plastic ones without compromising on hygiene or freshness.

The new packaging designs will reduce the company’s use of fossil-based plastics, in line with its goals to halve its carbon emissions by 2030 and become net-zero by 2050.

SMA Nutrition and Nestlé Health Science are currently rolling out the materials for the scoops and lids across the UK and Ireland.

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Nestlé Nutrition head Thierry Philardeau said: “Nestlé continues to push the boundaries of science to provide nutritional solutions for children, and we are putting that same passion into pioneering new packaging that is good for our planet.

“Families rely on us for support in the first 1,000 days of life, a critical time to shape a healthier and more prosperous future. We are proud to be the first global brand to offer them solutions that maximise the use of renewable resources.”

Nestlé Nutrition chief medical officer and R&D head Ryan Carvalho said: “Bio-based packaging from sugar cane is an excellent example of how we can make good use of plant-based raw materials that are renewable to develop better alternatives to traditional plastic while ensuring that our products maintain a high level of safety and quality.”

In January, Nestlé transitioned its world-famous Smarties chocolate brand to fully recyclable paper packaging.