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The Return of the Milk Bottle!

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The return of the milk bottle at last! Milkmen rejoice as the rise in popularity of milk bottle delivery grows rapidly. Now that Plastic Free July is upon us, I thought I would highlight the ever increasing trend that is the return of the milk bottle! I was surprised and delighted to hear that we are going back to the old system of delivering and collecting milk bottles. A venture that helps local farms and cuts down on plastic waste, all the while creating jobs for milkmen, bottlers and dairy workers.

All you have to do is find out where your nearest milk delivery service is and sign up. Fresh milk direct from farm to your doorstep within 48 hours is now a reality once again. The return of the milk bottle means less hassle shopping, no plastic waste and supporting local business. It also means fresher, better milk and a more conscious carbon footprint.

Plastic pollution is ruining our environment and it is time to take action. While glass bottled milk delivery and collection costs more, it is way more sustainable and once there is enough competition in place, that should change.

Check out this recent article on the return of the milk bottle – More than 190,000 pints of Lanchester Dairies’ milk are delivered all over the North East every week. They have put 4,000 extra glass pints on to doorsteps weekly since Christmas. Read the BBC post. Here is what Lanchester Dairies’ milk production manager Chris Austin responds – “This is the first time my family’s firm has seen a rise in sales in decades. I think it’s all on the back of everyone being more aware of the environmental impact that plastics have as opposed to glass returns,” he said. “Yes, it is more expensive. But when you think you’re getting your milk delivered, by a local businessman, and some of our bottles are up to two or three years old, reused 50 or 60 times.”

Milk bottle poring milk on weetabix

You may want to look at it the same way as you look at the plastic waste that destroys our oceans. It is easy to look the other way and shrug it off as being someone else problem but the more public interest in services like this, the more they gain credibility and bring competition. The more competition – the lower the pricing. 

We are seeing the opening of no-waste concept supermarkets nowadays, where you bring or buy your own refillable containers to refill produce instead of using disposable containers and plastic for everything. The more people who commit to shopping in such places, the more will crop up and the more competition will appear. Check out this fine example of a strictly no-waste store in Devon. Britains 1st zero waste supermarket.

Sweden have even opened up a whole shopping centre where everything sold is pre-used. ReTuna only accepts pre-used items which they repair and sell on. Read more in this full-length article by Tree Huggers.

While thrift stores are nothing new, it’s about time the concept was updated for modern times. What makes ReTuna unique is its ability to repair items that come in, rather than discarding them because they’re unsellable, as most thrift stores have to do. This approach to repurposing household goods is what recycling should look like, and will hopefully serve as an inspirational model for other similar ventures elsewhere.

So the question is, will you wait and see how it pans out, or will you be a pioneer in this no-waste movement? Plastic-free July is a great time to start at least reducing plastic usage. Let’s get back to basics. We lived long and well before the introduction of plastic and there is still time to undo the colossal mess we are all, in some way responsible for.

So you have checked and there are no glass milk bottle delivery options available in your area?

Why not set one up yourself? The local farms should be more than happy to help assist with the milk supply. Then all you have to do is contact the glass bottle companies to find the best prices. Next you would need to go door-to-door or advertise to find out roughly how many customers would be willing to participate in the service. Once that is covered, you just work out the prices and set up a delivery system ie. a milkman or milkmen (all depending on demand). You might just be surprised at the amount of people who would happily go back to the old system. There could be a very solid business opportunity there.

There is something so cool about getting the glass bottles of milk delivered fresh to your door, scooping off the top layer of cream and pouring. The refreshing taste of wholesome organic milk. Greeting the milk man on his rounds or blaming the milkman for the hairy babies (que Pat Mustard lol) will no longer be a thing of the past, with the return of the milk bottle!

How do you feel about the old concept of getting your milk delivered to your door? Is the return of the milk bottle something you would enjoy? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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