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“We need to build the foundations for a circular system” 

The Danish company Letbek has been up- and recycling plastic since 1973. We have partnered with them to make sure no Milford product is wasted.‍

In the Western part of Denmark, Letbek has been changing the way we produce and use the available plastic resources for almost half a century. With up to 325,000 tons of plastic waste yearly in Denmark, they’re catalyzing a shift in our way of using and, most of all, re-using our resources to spare the world and climate. Letbek offers themselves as councillors from the early development stages of production, they help make the most of our materials and ensure that we can recycle as much as possible.

“We have to start viewing packaging, household articles, building materials, and other used plastic products as a resource rather than waste. In the Danish construction industry, we’ve come a long way in terms of recycling plastic. But there’s still room to improve,” says Michael Bayer Thomsen, CEO of Letbek.

It’s doubtful that we get to a full 100 % in terms of recycling plastic if we take the individual households into account. Especially since some things have particular safety requirements that recycled plastic can’t always meet. “But we should be able to get to 95 %,” Thomsen says and continues:

“We need to build the foundation for a circular system in our societies. Currently, we’re using more resources than we have available, and we’ve already started using the resources that future generations need. This process has to be reversed,” he says.

From Early Idea to Finished Products

When first entering the partnership with Milford, Letbek was involved in the early design stages as well. By helping us rethink the way we designed and produced products, our new recycled plastic products are easier to recycle again at the end of their lifespan.

Letbek advised on the use of materials so that products that used to consist of several different materials are now just made of one. That way, it is much easier and cost-efficient to recycle.

“We consider the entire life cycle of a product. Our goal is to make products that last as long as possible. That will always be the most sustainable solution. But we also need to design in a way that allows us to replace spare parts and sort the materials, so every bit is recycled,” Michael Bayer Thomsen says.

Letbek and Milford continue to work together in developing the most sustainable products, designed to meet the challenges of the future.

We need to build the foundation for a circular system in our societies. Currently, we’re using more resources than we have available, and we’ve already started using the resources that future generations need. This process has to be reversed
Michael Bayer, CEO of Letbek
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