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Glass Milk Bottles Make a Comeback

In these climate-conscious times, there’s never been more of a focus on the detrimental effects plastic can have on the environment than there is now. Following several high profile campaigns to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the oceans, more and more homeowners and businesses are looking for alternative ways to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

This change in attitude has seen glass milk bottles make a comeback in a bid to curtail the amount of plastic being bought and thrown away. Here, we will look at the heavy emphasis now being placed on eco-friendly alternatives, and how we can all become part of the recycling revolution by simply changing our source of milk.

Most recently, David Attenborough’s coverage on the final episode on Blue Planet II took a powerful look at the affect human activity is having on the sea, in an attempt to encourage viewers to clean up their act and reduce plastic waste. The episode saw albatross parents unknowingly feeding their offspring plastic, to which Attenborough concluded with a poignant point:

We are at a unique stage in our history – never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet. And never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely, we have a responsibility to care for our blue planet? The future of humanity, and indeed all life, on earth now depends on us.

This shift towards eco-friendly alternatives has seen a resurgence of the glass milk bottle! Gaining wide popularity throughout the UK during the 1920s, the use of glass bottles for milk has declined significantly in recent years, falling from 94% in 1975 to 4% in 2012. Although milk floats filled with glass milk bottles was once a common occurence on UK streets during the 1980s, they have since become obsolete due to supermarkets offering plastic bottles for a cheaper price.

That is, until now!

Many have viewed the comeback of the glass milk bottle as being an outcome of society looking to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Although glass is a greener alternative to plastic as it is 100% recyclable, it also boasts the ability to retain taste and goodness, keeping milk fresh for longer. Combining this with its classic, iconic packaging, for many the glass milk bottle is filled with nostalgia and its return has been widely encouraged.

Although the price is higher than that of plastic milk bottles bought in supermarkets, UK milk companies have found that consumers are willing to pay more for the glass doorstep service to help protect the environment. This represents a major shift in attitude towards a greener way of living which should not only see a decline in the amount of plastic being thrown away, but will also create opportunities for local businesses to dust off their milk floats or invest in new ones for a new revenue stream.