2021 Australian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
Rhima and Schulz organic were awarded Bronze Winner of Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year- Reuse
Click below to view the PDF – Bronze Winner Award
Schulz Organic Dairy works hard to make real dairy products that are simple, pure and delicious, processing in small batches with great care and detail at their farmhouse factory in Timboon. They add nothing but natural ingredients to their products. The range includes milk, yogurt, cream and quark made from their very own dairy milk, renowned for its rich, creamy texture. Schulz (& Contain Design Studio) designed a glass bottle to provide milk in returnable glass to retailers. These glass milk bottles reduce plastic waste.
The change is coming, Australian’s have moved to reusable bags for shopping.
The next major shift will be washing and reusing, which is what Schulz has accomplished. Quite a few companies supply glass bottles, but how many of them actually collect them to wash and reuse? Not many.
Schulz reached out to Rhima Australia in order to produce a bottle washer that could wash the new design bottles. This was a critical component in order to keep supply up with demand. This bottle washer was designed and built in Australia by the Rhima team. This washer improves hygiene and cleanliness as well as improved efficiency. If the glass milk bottles are not cleaned and sanitised properly or at all and milk residue remains, this creates a food safety hazard for Schulz and the dirty bottles have to be thrown out due to their contamination risk.
Industrial bottle washers exist but most are geared up for very large production runs in fully automated environments. Smaller bottle washer/sanitisers are available also, but they are mainly aimed at the laboratory market with low capacities and long cycle times.