New plastic milk bottle is ‘virgin’ on the brilliant

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Plastic milk bottle innovators from Newport Pagnell have done it again with yet another landmark.

Nampak Plastics, in Jenna Way on the Interchange Park, has trialed, tested and supplied the world’s first four-pint milk bottle containing up to 30 per cent recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE).

The move, achieved by Nampak alongside its partner, Closed Loop Recycling, is set to save the dairy industry an estimated 25,000 tonnes of virgin material each year.

It comes on top of the revolutionary recyclers making the Infini bottle a super-light 32grams in weight. That reduction represented a 20 per cent material saving on the standard four-pint version found in most supermarkets.

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 per cent by 2015 but have been able to prove that this landmark can be reached well ahead of this schedule.

“All of our bottles, including the Infini range, currently contain up to 15 per cent but the move to up to 30 per cent is a major step forward for everyone involved in the British milk industry.

“We’re delighted that we are regularly recognised for our achievements in the packaging industry and the recent win of silver for sustainability at the WorldStar Awards is a fantastic global achievement and one that we’re very proud of.”

The Infini bottle is already stocked in a number of major retailers, with more than 100,000,000 bottles sold through Marks & Spencer, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.

Nampak’s design and engineering team is always working on further innovations and is now aspiring to enhance designs to even lighter weights.