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Article by Nampak 5 September 2013

Nampak Plastics announces expanded Infini bottle range

Nampak Plastics UK has announced it has trialled, tested and supplied one pint, one litre and two pint Infini milk bottles containing up to 15% recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE, [Status]).

The UK’s leading producer of plastic milk bottles will launch the new products this summer, a move which will result in a combined material saving of 4,500 tonnes, and a combined carbon saving 12,000 tonnes per annum.

This news comes just a few months after Nampak announced an increase in rHDPE in its four pint Infini bottles to 30%, a goal achieved two years ahead of the Defra and Dairy Roadmap targets, and the company plans to increase the amount in its smaller bottles to match this by 2014.

The Infini bottle is already stocked in a number of major retailers, with over 180 million bottles sold so far through Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose. Infini has been designed to meet industry targets such as the Courtauld Commitment, which sets ambitious goals for waste reduction, and it is the lightest and strongest bottle on the market.

Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics, commented: “We are thrilled with these developments. Infini has continuously been responsible for a paradigm shift in milk packaging, using considerably less virgin material and increasing quantities of recycled plastic.”

“Great strides have already been made with these new smaller bottles, however, this is only the beginning and the team are pushing the boundaries further by trialling designs with even higher levels of recycled content.”

Successes to date have seen Infini claim a number of industry awards, including some on a global scale, with a silver prize for sustainability at the coveted WorldStar awards in May this year and first prize for Waste Minimisation at the National Recycling Awards in July.

Recent figures from Recoup, the recycling charity, show that 77% of HDPE milk bottles are recycled, making it one of the most widely recycled forms of packaging in the country.

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