What’s Fresh and the University of Dundee seek to explore innovative options for bulk milk delivery to cut out single-use plastics in the supply chain in favour of reusable packaging that is convenient and adds value for the establishment. The project aims to design food packaging that is: 100% recyclable, using biodegradable materials;
Impact resistant, as bulk milk deliveries have to survive the elements; Lightweight, to be user friendly for customers & deliveries; and takes into consideration the manufacturing process to ensure the product can remain in the price range of the target market
For the doorstep delivery market, glass bottles are prevalent so that customers can return and reuse the bottles, cutting out single-use plastics.
For restaurants, hotels and coffee shops however, it’s not so simple. Glass bottles are not permitted in food production areas for health and safety reasons so plastic bottles are usually used instead. What’s Fresh would like to explore innovative options for bulk milk delivery to cut out single-use plastics in the supply chain; in favour of reusable packaging that is convenient and adds value for the establishment.
Pathway to Sustainability
For the Company:
What’s Fresh is already pushing innovative operational methods: renewable energy, electric vehicles and reusable glass bottles resulting in sustainable production and delivery. By purchasing a custom glass bottle washing and filling machine, 1 litre glass bottles can be utilised instead of the more traditional pint. The larger size means less bottles to transport and clean, and a closable lid provides the option to lay flat in the fridge. This project integrates neatly within the aforementioned vision to help supply business and bulk customers where glass bottles are not a viable option. There is no offering for reusable and sustainable bulk packaging currently for liquid milk. By offering a sustainable commercial solution, the company will be at the forefront of helping small businesses reduce their waste, carbon footprint and single-use plastics.
For the Food and Drink sector:
The UK uses 38.5 million plastic bottles every day, of which 15 million are not recycled (UK Parliamentary Environmental Audit). A system using circular economy methodologies will reduce single use plastics substantially from local businesses. Each litre of milk that can be delivered in anything other than an HDPE plastic bottle has clearly measurable benefits. Not only does it reduce the environmental impact associated with the production and delivery of single-use plastic bottles but also benefits the coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, etc who then have to dispose of the empty bottles.
This application was submitted for funding by Interface Funding for Scottish Businesses Net Zero projects. Unfortunately it was not successful to be selected however the application was praised and possible future funding opportunities for this may be sought.
|1 Dec 2021 → 1 Feb 2022
|Degree of Recognition
- circular economy