An alternative coffee packaging that offers consumers a simple way to reduce their impact on the environment
This LCA was behind the launch of Nestlé Oceania’s new Nescafé Gold SMART Pack – an alternative coffee packaging that offers consumers a simple way to reduce their impact on the environment, running in conjunction with the design, marketing and procurement programs at Nestlé. The LCA evaluated and compared the potential environmental impact of two packaging formats – the 100g Nescafe Gold coffee glass jar (and polymer lid) and a 90g SMART Pack laminate pouch. The baseline of the LCA measured the impact of delivering 100g of coffee to an Australian consumer in both forms of packaging. The study conformed to the international standard ISO14044:2006, and was panel peer reviewed by experts in LCA, packaging, retail and environmental advocacy. The assessment found the SMART Pack used 73 per cent less non-renewable energy, 66 per cent less water and emitted 75 per cent less CO2 equivalents over its entire life cycle than the glass jar. The study also examined 13 alternative variations to the baseline scenario to test for data quality and robustness – from changes in the amount of water used in glass manufacturing to the thickness of the laminate pouch – the SMART Pack consistently had a lower environmental impact in non-renewable energy, water and CO2 equivalents.