A glass bottle turnaround…..

Last week I received this email from my doorstep delivery service:

(Actually it was sent to me in error as I don’t get plastic bottles but I’m so glad I received it!)

This note marks an amazing turnaround for the UK milk delivery industry as, only a few years ago, they were planning to cease glass bottle production altogether (see my blog post here).

I recently bumped into a representative from Milk and More (formerly Dairy Crest) as he was knocking on doors trying to encourage my neighbours to get a doorstep delivery. He explained that the public are so much more aware of the problems of plastic and since the ‘Blue Planet’ series, interest in reusable glass bottles has dramatically increased. In fact Muller (who own Milk and More) were investing in their own glass bottle factory.

It’s amazing what a change in public attitude can do! So when you wonder if ‘doing your bit’ for the environment really makes a difference, the answer is YES!!!

This Week’s Thrifty Finds: Week Three, June 2018

 

 

 

 

Last week we celebrated the end of my daughter’s GCSE exams with a camping trip 🙂 We meet up once a year with my school friends and, what has grown from five of us plus partners, is now a total of 20! It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up, eat lots of food and enjoy the outdoors. The children all get along really well and it’s lovely to see them away from screens and climbing trees and having adventures.

  1. For camping food I took a lot of what we already at home: in the store cupboard and the freezer. I made some hummus from scratch using some chickpeas I’d had for a while. I also managed to buy some unwrapped fruit and veg (for the carrot saga take a look at my Instagram posts!)

2. We also borrowed a camping table from a friend, rather than buy a new one for the trip.

3. While camping we browsed the local charity shops (charity shops in Marlborough, Wiltshire, are packed with some real goodies – post to come soon!). I picked up three books from the Oxfam shop – one of which had been on my wishlist for a while:

 

4. My youngest daughter also picked up a book for 10p from the Dog’s Trust shop.

5. I was also proud that we managed to use just our glass milk bottles on the camping trip. I had searched for a screw top lid for the milk bottle as the foil one doesn’t stop the milk from spilling once opened. But no luck. Then I remembered I had a glass bottle left over from a free sample of orange juice, that did have a screw top lid. So I was able to take two pints and just decant an opened pint into the glass bottle with the lid. Problem solved and no need to buy any new gadget!

Do you have any thrifty camping tips to share? Or any ideas for camping with less plastic? I’d love to hear them!

(Don’t) Make Mine a Pint – the petition from Plastic is Rubbish

So I blogged about the impending end of glass milk bottles but Polythene Pam from the excellent blog Plastic is Rubbish actually put her money where her mouth is and started a petition to ask Dairy Crest to reconsider ending the production of glass bottles in the UK. If you would like to sign the petition it is here.

If you haven’t checked out the Plastic is Rubbish blog please do. It’s passionate, informative and funny.

(Don’t) make mine a pint: The end of glass milk bottles

the end of glass milk bottles

You may have noticed from reading my blog that every so often I post photos of my milk deliveries. It’s sad, but true, that I am very proud that for the past 12 years we have had a doorstep milk delivery. When we first moved to the village we used a local delivery service. However this was passed onto Dairy Crest who now deliver our milk.

There are many reasons why we chose to have a milk delivery but as well as convenience and reliability one of the biggest factors is the returnable glass bottles. Through all the zero waste/non supermarket/plastic free challenges I have undertaken on this blog I have always been able to smugly sit back and know that my milk (and, at times, orange juice) supply has ticked all of the boxes above. (And the foil tops can be put straight into my recycling box).

Imagine my distress, then, to hear recently that Dairy Crest will be closing its last glass bottle production plant in 2016. For more information read here and here

The company claims that, as well as being more expensive to produce, glass weighs 15 times more which makes it more expensive to transport. Dairy Crest also claims that plastic is as environmentally friendly as glass. It does take more energy to produce glass but glass milk bottles can be re-used up to 20 times whereas plastic can only be used once. Plastic recycling also uses more resources and the quality of a recycled product is reduced (this also depends on us buying/using recycled plastic products as well).

I can understand that from an economic point of view Dairy Crest feels it has to swap to plastic bottle production. In 2012 only 2 million households had doorstep deliveries, compared to 40 million twenty years ago.

However I shall be bitterly disappointed when the changeover happens and will wonder what the difference is between having plastic milk bottles delivered to my home, compared to picking them up in the supermarket. In the meantime I have a year to see if I can find an alternative supplier of milk in glass bottles. Please let me know if you hear of any as well…