Nestlé has launched a new scheme in Pakistan which aims to develop a zero-waste, tea-based fertiliser.
Nestlé EveryDay, one of the biggest tea creamers in Pakistan, and Nestlé’s innovation platform HENRi@Nestlé will lead the scheme, which aims to simultaneously reduce tea waste and increase agricultural yields by creating the tea-based solution.
According to Nestlé, Pakistani farmers produce approximately 200,000 tonnes of tea leaves every year. The leaves contain nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, three nutrients which can create a “quality fertilizer,” and the creation of a tea-based fertiliser product would help reduce the environmental impact caused by the use of chemical-based fertilisers.
The Swiss food giant is now looking for start-ups, innovators, waste management companies, or other corporate partners to help create the “game-changing” product, and the project will consist of three phases.
Firstly, the project will aim to establish a viable method to procure wasted tea, and the second stage will see Nestlé EveryDay collaborate with a partner to convert collected tea into a fertiliser, preferably through a composting process.
The final stage will see the product commercialised and sold to farmers in Pakistan as a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly fertiliser.
The project will initially be piloted in Pakistan, and will be expanded into other tea producing countries such as China and India in the future.