Project: PIQET Implementation
GLOBAL food giant Nestlé Oceania produces many well known food and beverage products which have been available in Australia and New Zealand since the 1880s.
With around 5,500 employees, fifteen factories, two distribution centres, and thousands products on retail selves, the company wanted to introduce a simple, accurate and fast assessment tool for use in product development to provide the basis of developing more environmentally sustainable packaging.
The company decided to trial the web-based Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool (PIQET), which was locally developed by the Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA) and RMIT in Melbourne.
PIQET is used to compare the impacts of different packaging formats (e.g. compare cans to bottles); materials (glass versus plastic versus recycled materials etc).
Once the user has defined a packaging system these can be easily replicated to allow a range of challenges in design, material, transportation or waster management to be quickly compared with global benchmarks.
Nestle worked closely with developers to find tune the program and increase its usability and the tool has proved so successful that Nestle will be integrating PIQET into its global packaging development process.