Arla has announced plans to introduce milk crates made from 100% recycled plastic in Denmark next year, as part of its movement towards becoming completely carbon neutral by 2050.
Major European dairy cooperative Arla intends to introduce 300,000 of the new milk crates into the milk distribution system next year.
The crates will be made from plastic that has been recycled from the car industry, which will result in its black colour. This transition is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 30%, with the first year alone saving 250,000 kilos of CO2.
Jakob B. Knudsen, head of Arla Denmark said: “We’re very devoted to making our dairy products more sustainable, and climate friendly packaging is a central part of the solution.
“We’re of course aiming to produce as few new milk crates as possible, but when new ones are needed, it’s important for us to make the greenest choice even though it means we have to go with a darker look.”
Currently Arla uses around 2-3 million crates when transporting milk to its Danish consumers.
The transformation is Arla’s most recent initiative in making its milk crates more sustainable. Last year the Danish company collected 100,000 milk crates as part of its annual national programme to collect and reuse broken crates.
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