Is the traditional glass milk bottle reviving?

Posted on 30 Sep 2019
Is the traditional glass milk bottle reviving?

After swapping its plastic milk containers for glass bottles, a dairy farm in Scotland has seen an impressive increase in popularity, almost doubling its milk sales. Indeed, last November they sold to 251 customers, whereas after the change they can now boast 391 customers. They have also returned to the ‘old ways’ of dairy farming by choosing to raise their cows organically and selling unhomogenised milk, another reason why Mossgiel Farm believes it is succeeding in increasing its demand.

Dairy farms swap to glass milk bottles

Mossgiel Farm is not alone. Geoff Bowles, owner of Ivy House farm in Somerset, which provides Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges with unhomogenised, organic milk, claims to have seen ‘a steady increase in sales’ reporting 15% of all his milk is now dispatched in glass bottles. 

The largest independent dairy in Scotland, Graham’s Family Dairy, has also seen a rise in the glass bottle’s popularity and a weekly 25% increase in customer enquiries since it began using this eco-friendly plastic alternative.

Sainsbury’s supermarket is cottoning on to this trend and is considering introducing refillable glass milk bottles in a bid to help reduce its plastic packaging by 50% by 2025. They are currently looking for ways to replace their plastic packaging without increasing their carbon footprint. Theresa Villiers, the Environment Secretary, has praised Sainsbury’s plans saying, ‘this is a brilliant example of the integral role business has to play in cutting plastic waste, empowering consumers to make more sustainable choices.’

Glass is a perfect milk bottle material

It’s hard to look at these numbers and not see a link between the return to glass bottles and the increased sales figures. One explanation for the traditional glass bottles revival is the population’s growing awareness of the devasting impact plastic is having on the environment. The public are looking for ways to do their bit to stem the damage and one fairly easy way to do this is to swap buying plastic milk cartons at the supermarket for getting milk delivered to their door in glass bottles.  

Glass is an excellent alternative to plastic as it can be recycled an infinite amount of times without impacting on its quality, so never needs to go to landfill. 


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