06 March, 2009

Reuse - an old-fashioned way with milk containers

Both Rubbish Diet and the Cottage Smallholder have been discussing recycling and minimising waste, and Cottage Smallholder in particular has been looking at milk. When we moved here one of the first things I did was set up a milk delivery. There are lots of different ways to buy milk - in plastic recyclable bottles, in cardboard cartons, in plastic sachets to pour into jugs but to my mind, it doesn't matter how green or minimal your packaging is from the supermarket, nothing beats a simple milk bottle which gets used 20-30 times before it is recycled. And my milk bottles also come with orange juice inside so no more tetrapaks. Yes it is marginally more expensive but there is less waste of the milk as well as the container, and there are far fewer emergency trips in the car.

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