Gallon Milk Jug Gets Redesigned For a Low Carbon World

While your average gallon-sized milk jug hasn’t changed much in decades, it’s about to undergo a significant change destined to cut fuel, labor, and carbon costs all at the same time.

Turns out these new, alien-type jugs are cheaper to ship, better for the environment, cost less, and even provide fresher milk to the store; with some milk going from the cow’s udder to supermarket shelf within hours.

But that doesn’t mean everyone loves them.
Because the jugs adopted by Wal-Mart and Costco have no real spout, and their unorthodox shape means consumers are confronted with a messy conundrum when it comes time to pour a simple glass of milk.

Eco-Friendly Milk Jug Means Real Cost Savings
But as retailers have discovered the greater operating and shipping efficiencies lead to a cost savings of 10 to 20 cent per gallon they’re beginning to roll them out alongside demonstrations and free cookies to help consumers learn how to pout from them, with Sam’s Club expected to be one place you’ll start finding them replacing the usual jugs en masse.

And certainly it’s just one redesign that consumers will be adjusting to in the coming years, as higher gas prices and a growing consciousness of carbon emissions means every process and product will be looked at in a whole new light.

Via: NYT
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