Forget the Jugs; Milk Bags a Hit in Canada, UK

We recently noted efforts in the UK to cut back on milk jug packaging by cutting the handle out of the equation; implementing this improvement in packaging would make the jugs 10 percent lighter. TreeHugger Lloyd commented that he was a fan of milk in a bag, getting rid of the plastic jug altogether, which is commonplace in Canada, but not a big hit here in the States.

Today's Evening Standard reports that the notion has spread to the UK, where supermarket Waitrose will expand sales Calon Wen's organic milk in Eco Paks (they started a trial last summer) that reduce packaging by 75 percent. Lloyd noted that his milk bags (in Toronto) aren't recyclable -- the high-density polyethylene jugs they replace are -- and it is unclear if the Eco Paks will go to the recycler or the landfill.

For those who think milk in bags would be tough to handle, read The Steps to the Usage of the Milk Bag for tips on getting the milk from the bag to your glass or bowl of cereal; hit the jump for a useful video from our pals at Hippyshopper on the same subject. Seems that the bag of milk is gaining popularity; what are your experiences (if any) with the milk bag? ::Calon Wen Eco Pak via ::Evening Standard

Tags: Canada | Recycling | United Kingdom

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