Glass milk bottles make a comeback

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Dairy products firms across the UK have seen the surge in demand for milk within glass bottles since the start associated with 2018.

Seventeen away from 20 dairy businesses contacted simply by BBC News have seen a rise within sales of glass milk containers to homes and businesses among concern over plastic waste.

Some have seen existing clients making a switch from plastic in order to glass.

Others have already been contacted by new customers wanting to consider delivery of glass bottles.

The boost is achieving firms up and down the country:

  • Thomsons in Lanarkshire offers seen a 7% increase in requirement for glass since January
  • Acorn in County Durham plus Brecon Milk in South Wales have experienced a 10% rise in demand
  • Pensworth distributes milk across the South associated with England and Wales from 9 depots. The 7% rise in cup sales since January has intended they’re investing in a new production range
  • Creamline in Manchester have registered more than 1, 000 new customers, along with most of that growth coming from on the internet orders
  • In Carmarthen, Nigel Dragone of Nigel’s Dairy products has doubled cup bottle deliveries from about four, 000 to almost 9, 500 a week. “We feel like we’ve gained the lottery, ” he stated.

The biggest deliverer is Muller-owned Milk & More. Two-thirds of the bottles these people send out on their floats are cup and this is a big growth region for the business.

“Since the start of the year, Milk & More has had an additional 15, 500 new online customers, of which 90% are ordering milk in cup bottles, ” the firm states.

Really eco-friendly?

Two other large names in the industry – Arla plus Dairy Crest – do not provide nor offer glass-bottled products. Another smaller wholesale dairies contacted stated they did not sell glass together no plans to, but one particular was offering pouches to cut waste materials.

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Media caption “Some of our bottles might be reused 70 times, ” states Chris Austin

Waste charity Cover said the environmental benefit is hard to decipher. “For glass to be the much better environmental option from a carbon viewpoint, our research shows that any container needs to be reused at least 20 periods, ” a spokesperson explained.

“Less than that and the particular lifecycle carbon footprint would be more than for plastic. In practice, glass containers survive being reused around eighteen times. ”

Sector body DairyUK said it could not have to get certain of the return of the milkman and a glass-bottled pint, even though this particular anecdotal uplift was good news.

Picture caption Plastic bottles are not always worse for the environment than cup

Their particular annual figures for home delivery group glass and plastic together so that as their data is updated within July, they added it was too soon to say.

Dairy deliveries have been in steady decline because the 1980s and doorstep accounts for simply 3% of the market.

The UK’s five large supermarkets say they have no programs to start stocking milk in cup bottles.

Additional workload

More than 190, 000 pints of Lanchester Dairies’ milk are delivered all over the Northern East every week. They have put four, 000 extra glass pints onto doorsteps weekly since Christmas.

Picture caption Chris Austin states glass is good for his family’s company

Creation manager Chris Austin says this is actually the first time his family’s firm offers seen a rise in sales within decades. “I think it’s just about all on the back of everyone being a lot more aware of the environmental impact that plastic materials have as opposed to glass returns, inch he said.

“Yes, it is more expensive. But when you believe you’re getting your milk delivered, with a local businessman, and some of our containers are up to two or three years old, used again 50 or 60 times. inch

But cup can be a mixed blessing. Clare Lillie and her family run Lillie Brothers in Cornwall, a business that will never stopped delivering milk in order to local doors. They have had to present three new rounds this year.

“We would never possess predicted that five years ago, inch said Clare, who has been beginning work at 2am since February due to the extra workload.

“We are also very conscious nevertheless of our carbon footprint, so we are usually careful with not having too many providers, deliveries and have our own delivery vehicles out unnecessarily while still offering our customers with the service these people deserve. ”

It all started when a local hairdresser got in touch when her town wanted to become plastic-free, a motion growing in coastal communities within the South West.

‘Pricey’ bottles

Others don’t think glass is all it’s cracked as much as be. Our Cow Molly is really a family-run dairy business in Sheffield that offers glass, but also buys regionally recycled plastic for their cartons.

The particular firm’s Dan Andrew said changing had been minimal among their 850 doorstep delivery customers.

“If you’re a family plus you’re on a budget, it’s pricey. The glass bottle on its own costs all of us over 30p and we lose forty pints a week through smashing or even people keeping them, ” he or she said.

“And to wash those bottles, you’re making use of chemicals and heating water. Gardening has always cared about the atmosphere, it’s the big companies that avoid. ”