MILKLAB, saveBOARD showcase recycled materials at Melbourne exhibition

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Plant and dairy milk brand MILKLAB has showcased a sustainable building material made from recycled waste, such as milk cartons and coffee cups at its stand at the recent Melbourne International Coffee Exhibition (MICE). 

The MILKLAB stand at the exhibition, which was held from 17 to 19 August, was made with sustainable materials, including saveBOARD, a low-carbon building material made from hard-to-recycle liquid paper board used in long-life milk and juice cartons. 

The MILKLAB Lane encouraged event participants to explore and discover the “laneways of MILKLAB,” which was developed in collaboration with saveBOARD and incorporates milk carton packaging waste into the board products. 

In a media statement, MILKLAB said each board saves 500 used beverage cartons from landfills, with each saveBOARD plant today capable of recycling 4 million kilograms of soft plastics and fibre each year at its facilities at Warragamba in Western Sydney and Hamilton in New Zealand. 

saveBOARD is dedicated to building a circular economy by remanufacturing composite packaging waste into low-carbon products that re-enter the local supply chain. 

The company opened its new Warragamba beverage carton manufacturing facility in partnership with packaging industry giant Tetra Pak, one of the paper suppliers used in cartons for MILKLAB’s range of barista milk. 

MILKLAB is looking into rolling out the sustainable stand at other trade events, following the success of MILKLAB Lane at MICE, according to the company’s marketing manager Natalie Latimore. 

“Sustainability is important to MILKLAB, so we are committed to implementing sustainable practices in our products, our processes and our packaging,” she said. “We are excited to partner with saveBOARD to use upcycled milk carton packaging for the build of MILKLAB Lane to offer our customers an exciting and sustainable brand experience with a reduced environmental impact,” Latimore said. 

Made by Noumi Limited, MILKLAB’s range of milks has been developed to complement espresso coffee and was developed in collaboration with baristas for baristas.