Packaging Sustainability Manager
Nicole Camilleri is Nestlé USA’s Packaging Sustainability Manager. Her role is develop business strategies to support Nestlé’s vision that none of it’s packaging ends up in the landfill or as litter; and collaborates with cross-functional teams to drive progress so that Nestlé USA’s packaging is 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025 as well as reducing GHG emissions. Nicole’s sustainable packaging portfolio utilizes a wide array of packaging materials and formats. And she relies on evidence-based decision-making by considering the full life cycle impacts; including packaging materials, production, distribution and end-of-life handling. Strategies she leads includes designing for recycling, redesigning packaging to be fit-for-purpose by reducing unnecessary materials, increasing the usage of PCR to promote the circular economy of plastics, evaluating alternative packaging materials and exploring reuseable packaging solutions. She has played an instrumental role in the widespread adoption of How2Recycle labeling for Nestlé USA’s products, including Coffee-mate creamers, DiGiorno pizzas and Stouffers’ frozen entrees. Nicole has been in the packaging industry for over 12 years, and before transitioning into her current role, Nicole served as a Technical Packaging Senior Specialist supporting multiple Nestlé USA divisions. She graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Packaging.
Why do you want to serve on the Executive Committee?
Nicole Camilleri is Nestlé USA’s Packaging Sustainability Manager and is driving packaging circularity and reduction of GHG emissions; leveraging evidence-based decision-making and considering the full life cycle impacts including packaging materials, filling, distribution, product shelf-life and end-of-life handling. Her portfolio utilizes a wide array of packaging formats and material types for different functional purposes, each with specific benefits and opportunities. Nicole also drives initiatives to design for recycling, redesign to be fit-for-purpose by reducing unnecessary materials, increase the use of PCR to promote the circular economy, evaluate alternative packaging materials, and explore reusable packaging. She supports the optimization of infrastructure through partnerships and coalitions; as well as communications to consumers, playing a key role in the adoption of the How2Recycle labeling. She previously served as a Technical Packaging Senior Specialist launching packaging innovation; and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Packaging Science from Michigan State University. Nicole feels she would be a good fit for this position, as she strongly believes in the importance of collaboration across the industry is key to make significant progress in a more quick and efficient manner. And she has passion to make the world a better place through packaging sustainability!
What do you think you would contribute as an Executive Committee representative?
Nicole believes in The Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s mission and vision and her ability to progress it with the power of Nestlé behind her. Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company, and the U.S. is our largest market. With more than 30,000 employees across 96 facilities in 31 states, Nestlé in the U.S. offers a wide portfolio of food and beverage products for people and their pets. Such products across six main businesses include Nespresso, Coffee-Mate creamers, Essentia Water, Purina PetCare, Gerber baby food, plant based Sweet Earth, health and nutrition brands like Vital Proteins and Boost, and baking products like Nestlé Toll House morsels. Nearly all of what Nestlé sells in the U.S. is produced in the U.S., utilizing a wide range of materials and formats for different functional purposes, all designed with sustainable packaging principles in mind. Nicole’s material agnostic and circularity-focused perspective provides a strategic, end to end mindset. She has the desire to drive collaboration between all links and entities in the value stream to develop holistic system-solutions. And finally, she also always takes into consideration consumer insights and education, as consumers have a key role to play in the circularity of packaging materials.