The re-designed composite packs are made from aluminium foil and plastic film to keep the product in optimum condition. It also keeps it so compact it uses 34% less packaging but still contains 150g of coffee. Nestlé says it needs less water and energy to produce and manufacture.
Twice the volume of packs fit on to a pallet, which means Nestlé requires fewer pallets and fewer lorries per tonne of coffee distributed. Nestlé expects a 50% reduction of lorries and thereby a 35% reduction in gas emissions.
Other benefits claimed by Nestlé are better on-shelf efficiency for retailers and products that are easier to carry and store for shoppers.
Kate Power, Nescafé sustainability manager, said: "The idea behind the re-design of the packs supports the Nescafé plan, which brings together Nestlé's commitments to support responsible farming, responsible production and responsible consumption. We're really excited about this new step as we head towards a more environmentally conscious future and are delighted our consumers are also seeing the benefits."
Richard Swannell, director of design and waste prevention for the Waste & Resources Action Programme, said: "Nestlé's new Nescafé refill pack represents a major step forward in logistical efficiency reducing road journeys by 50% and using fewer resources."