Several UK manufacturing giants are set to test new packaging which could slash production costs and household waste, with backing from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund.
Procter & Gamble has received a £230,000 grant to test lighter weight plastic containers for household products. It is hoped the innovation will reduce production costs and eliminate as much as 13,000 tonnes of household waste annually.
Coca-Cola Enterprises has received £145,000 to test redesigned 0.5-litre carbonated drinks bottles. The new bottles are expected to use 8% less material, possibly including recycled material. Martin Rodgers, CCE project manager, said they could be tested in stores as early as this autumn. The project is due for completion by the end of the year. He said: "WRAP funds the research so that the whole industry can benefit from the knowledge." He said the innovation could reduce household waste by 4,000 tonnes a year.
Sainsbury and Dairy Crest also received £40,000 of WRAP innovation funding to collaborate on minimal packaging for certain milk products.