Nestlé’s Smarties brand is now using recyclable paper packaging for its confectionery products worldwide. 

This represents a transition of 90 percent of the Smarties range, as 10 percent was previously already packed in recyclable paper packaging. Nestlé began introducing Smarties sharing block packed in recyclable paper in the UK last year.

The company said switching to paper packaging will remove approximately 250 million plastic packs sold globally every year.

"Shifting Smarties packaging to recyclable paper is one of our key sustainable packaging initiatives in the confectionery category,” said Alexander von Maillot, global head of confectionery at Nestlé. “It is a further step in realizing Nestlé's ambition to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and to reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third in the same period."

The new Smarties paper packaging is sourced sustainably and is made of a coated paper, paper labels or carton board. Information about how to properly dispose of Smarties paper packaging is also included on its labels to raise consumer awareness.

Nestlé invested significantly to upgrade its factories globally, including in Hamburg, Germany, one of the company's largest factories for confectionery products.

"Developing safe and convenient paper-based solutions for Smarties has required the pioneering of new materials and testing by Nestlé packaging experts at our R&D Center for confectionery in York, UK and the Swiss-based Institute of Packaging Sciences,” said Louise Barrett, head of the Nestlé Confectionery Product Technology Centre in York. “We adapted our existing manufacturing lines to allow for the careful handling that is required for paper, while also ensuring recyclability across all new formats."

The transformation of the Smarties packaging is only one of the company’s “SMART Initiatives,” which aim to support sustainability and enhance the overall product experience.