Abel & Cole Introduces Reusable Polypropylene Milk Containers
Abel & Cole Introduces Reusable Polypropylene Milk Containers

Abel & Cole Introduces Reusable Polypropylene Milk Containers

  • 18-Oct-2023 1:43 PM
  • Journalist: Peter Schmidt

Abel & Cole has unveiled a pioneering solution in the form of refillable and recyclable milk bottles constructed entirely from polypropylene. This innovative approach is expected to contribute significantly to reducing carbon emissions and curbing the proliferation of single-use plastic waste. While glass has traditionally been the material of choice for refillable milk bottles, recognized for its cost-effectiveness and ease of sterilization, it does come with certain limitations. Glass bottles, as Abel & Cole acknowledges, tend to be heavy and fragile.

In response to these challenges, Abel & Cole's "Club Zero Refillable Milk" bottles have emerged as a solution that promises to surmount these obstacles. These bottles offer the dual advantages of multiple refills and end-of-life recyclability. It is claimed that with just four reuses, this approach can reduce the carbon footprint of Abel & Cole's single-use milk bottles by half, a significant improvement over glass bottles, which would require fifteen returns to achieve comparable environmental savings.

Notably, these reusable bottles are poised to make a substantial impact in terms of plastic waste reduction. It is anticipated that through these multiple reuses, a staggering 450,000 single-use plastic milk bottles and 23 tonnes of plastic could be saved. These estimations are derived from Abel & Cole's annual sales of 600,000 bottles and an estimated return rate of 75%, based on existing data pertaining to refillable plant milk. This data suggests that each bottle will be returned three times and used for four cycles, making it an impressive achievement in plastic waste reduction.

To ensure the viability of this initiative, Abel & Cole has subjected its polypropylene bottles to rigorous chemical testing, confirming their suitability for multiple reuses and refills. The company has also collaborated with MV Technical Solutions to develop a customized washer capable of handling the unique challenges associated with washing and drying plastic bottles. The returned bottles will undergo an eight-stage washing process, which has been meticulously tested by Abel & Cole's Technical team and the Environmental Health Organization to ensure hygiene and safety standards are met.

Abel & Cole hopes that its forward-thinking approach will be embraced not only by environmentally conscious consumers but also by major supermarket chains and the dairy industry. This adoption would not only contribute to the achievement of their individual sustainability goals but also bring about a broader shift toward more eco-friendly practices in the industry.

Moreover, partnerships between companies such as Milk & More and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and investments by companies like Coca-Cola HBC in returnable glass bottle infrastructure highlight the increasing commitment of major players to achieve net-zero emissions and adopt more sustainable packaging practices.

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