The world’s first four-pint milk bottle containing up to 30% recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE) has been unveiled by Nampak Plastics.
The pioneering UK producer of plastic milk bottles, has developed and supplied what is effectively a doubling of rHDPE from previous Infini versions – two years ahead of a WRAP target.
The move comes in a partnership with Closed Loop Recycling at Dagenham.
Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics, said: “Since its launch in 2012, Infini has continuously been responsible for a paradigm shift in milk packaging, using considerably less virgin material and increasing quantities of recycled plastic. Nampak gained a world first by introducing post consumer recycled waste into food packaging in 2007.
“We had a desire to increase the amount of recycled HDPE in Nampak’s bottles to up to 30% by 2015 - in line with the Dairy UK and Defra Milk Roadmap targets – but have been able to prove that this landmark can be reached well ahead of this schedule.
“The move to up to 30% is a major step forward for everyone involved in the British milk industry.”
Chris Dow, chief executive of Closed Loop Recycling said: “We are pleased to extend this long term relationship, which we have enjoyed over a number of years. The 30% recycled content news proves the success of the recycled milk bottle market and the dairy roadmap.”
Recently, Nampak launched a lighter 32g version of the Infini which represents a 20% material saving on the standard four-pint version.
The Infini bottle is already stocked in a number of major retailers, including Marks & Spencer, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.
- This month, the Infini bottle won a silver prize for sustainability at the WorldStar awards.