Plumbs’ Dairy, a local milk delivery in Cambridgeshire, has revealed they sold 2,239,479 pints of milk glasses bottles to their customers in 2018.
Plumbs’ Dairy has always delivered milk in glass bottles since it began doing local rounds in 1952, but with plastic pollution taking centre stage they’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of customers switching from plastic bottles to glass milk bottles.
Commenting on the incredible number of glass bottles of milk sold, owner Justin said, “We’ve always provided milk in glass bottles at Plumb’s, but it’s wonderful to support people in making a conscious choice to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics. It’s such a small change but makes such a big impact on our environment.”
While it may be hard to image what 2,239,479 pints of milk glass bottles looks like, it’s the equivalent of 5,302 black wheelie bins.
In 2018, the government created the plastics pact alongside WRAP, which pledged to make plastic packaging 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. However, as the current capacity for recycling plastic is extremely limited, with 39 different plastic recycling rules across the UK, many people have taken their plastic footprint into their own hands and begun to make the decision to ditch plastic.
CPL, a Cambridge content marketing agency, made the switch in February 2019. “We’re always looking for ways to become a more environmentally conscious company,” said Ewa Wrona, office co-ordinator for CPL. “That’s why we’ve switched to reusable glass milk bottles – thanks to our new suppliers Plumbs’ Dairy for the delivery!”
With bans on straws and other plastic products in the pipeline, this may be a lifestyle choice many people will look to adopt in 2019.