24 January 2008 | Jake Kanter
Dairy Crest is to work with a supplier to design a more environmentally friendly milk bottle.
Supplier Nampak will join staff from the dairy food firm to develop a handle-free prototype bottle made from recyclable high-density polyethylene. The focus will initially be on one and two-pint bottles. Handle-fee bottles reduce the amount of material used.
The firms are being supported by sustainable materials consultancy Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in an effort to reduce packaging waste from UK milk sales by 5,000 tonnes a year.
Earlier this month Dairy Crest stated its intention to increase innovation from suppliers to help reduce the firm's environmental impact (News, 17 January).
Richard Pryor, innovations controller at Dairy Crest, said in a statement: "The project will focus on determining the considerable barriers of moving to a lighter bottle, and explore consumer acceptance, ergonomic grips, ease of opening, as well as production, filling and transport trials."