Milly is a Research and Development Manager based in our Leatherhead office. Milly works on renovation and innovations to make our Ice Cream and Foods products more sustainable - from the manufacturing processes to the packaging that they use.
“A big part of my role is looking at our packaging and finding ways to make them more sustainable. For example, moving out of plastic packaging where possible, making our products fully recyclable or using more recycled materials. Recyclable packaging is the number one sustainability credential UK consumers look for when shopping in F&R and we want to help remove this pain point for our consumers by making it easy to dispose of our packaging so it can be recycled or reused.
Recently, I’ve worked as part of a team with colleagues from across our global business, as well as external suppliers, partners, and packaging experts, to move our Colman’s sachets out of a multi-material plastic – which was not recyclable - to a new paper-based material.
The paper packaging that we developed can be recycled in the UK and Ireland, but also safely holds our food products, with no impact on product quality - great for our shoppers and the environment. This switch has the potential to save 220 tonnes of material from going to landfill, every year.
My role here at Unilever is to focus on where our footprint is largest and moving it to the most sustainable technology available today. I'm working on some really exciting innovations and I can’t wait to see how our consumers and customers respond to our leading-edge transformations. ”