At Milford, we take our responsibility seriously, and we strive to optimize our production so that it leaves us more equipped to take on the challenges of tomorrow’s world. We also want to make sure that you, as our customer know exactly how we work to minimise plastic waste – in fact diminishing it as much as possible to help you make the right choice to eliminate plastic waste completely in the future. Therefore, we at Milford only use plastic when it’s a better choice and we make sure that nothing goes to waste – neither in the production phase nor after the product’s lifetime.
Watch our operations manager Mark Walton at Frederiks Brygge talk about our work with recycled and recyclable plastic in collaboration with Letbek A/S:
To reach this goal, Milford has been working closely with our supplier and strategic partner Letbek to find a way in which we can turn what was once waste, into a valuable resource supporting our pursuit of creating Liveable Cities.
In essence, this means that we are returning all products containing plastic at the end of their useful service life to be send for sorting, cleaning, and re-use at Letbek. That way we make sure that no products will ever turn into waste.
In the second video, our operations manager Mark Walton explains our journey with Letbek to come up with the meaningful initiative, and how Letbek went from our supplier to a strategic partner, helping us reach our sustainability goals:
Plastic has become an increasingly problematic element of our everyday lives – with more than 99% of virgin plastic being made from fossil fuels, the production of virgin plastic is a key driver of the climate crisis. Despite what many may believe however, plastic is still a very durable material if used and treated correctly. In this sense, plastic is an important theme with which we’ve all been forced to deal with – it is not a black and white issue of using less or none at all. Rather, it’s a complex system of how we decide to produce and design it in the first place. In other words, while plastic poses a threat to our climate, it also holds a potential: when used responsibly, plastic could be the solution to more challenges we face – ranging from transportation to food waste. At Milford, we believe in plastic and instead of quitting our plastic products, we are improving them by ensuring that the products are recyclable and ensuring that we can take care of the products at the end of their useful service life.
80% of a product’s environmental impact over its life cycle is determined during the design phase. Therefore, when trying to make a product more sustainable, it is not just enough to choose recyclable plastic, i.e., swapping out plastic with biodegradable plastic. One of the biggest challenges in reaching a working recycling system is rather, mixed materials. When a product consists of more materials, it becomes more challenging to sort and, therefore, recycle the parts. Usually, you would have to choose between plastic and metal, thus winding up with wasted material. As such, to create a fully sustainable product, each product needs a design that allows us to repurpose all parts.
Watch our product developer Anders Gerner Jacobsen explain how we work with designing our products (in this case Canyon) in collaboration with Letbek in such a way that they become easily reusable at the end of their life:
At Milford, our aim is to rethink the design of our products to make them 100% recyclable. As such, to create a product where all parts are fully recyclable, Letbek has helped us re-envision our products’ lifecycles – from the material source to the production process and finally the end-of-life-process.
By ensuring that every step is sustainable, we’ve created products with a circular system and reduced carbon emissions by up to 95%.