Glass Bottles vs Plastic Bottles

Why Use Glass Bottles Instead of Plastic?

As more and more people become aware of the dangers of single use plastic, we often get asked the question “why glass?”.

The big advantage to using glass milk bottles instead of plastic or carton containers is the fact that the bottles can be reused almost instantaneously.

At Birmingham Dairies we ask that those people using glass bottles operate a ‘rinse and return policy’.

Rinse and return is exactly what it sounds like; once you have finished with your milk bottles you rinse them out and leave them for the milkman to collect when he next delivers your milk.

The bottles are then returned to the dairy where they are sterilised in hot water, refilled, recapped and made ready for delivery again.

This process is much faster than having to throw old plastic or carton containers into your recycling and then waiting for them to be collected.

Once your recycling has been taken away it has to be sorted and then shipped off to recycling plants that deal with plastic, carton, paper and card board etc.

This in itself can be a very time-consuming process and also one which has an effect on the environment if you consider how much fuel is used transporting the materials and how much energy is used recycling them.

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Get your milk delivered in reusable glass milk bottles by Birmingham Dairies and do your bit to rid the world of single use plastics.

A Green Choice

We live in a throwaway society where much of our household waste consists of plastic, cardboard and paper.

So much of this material needs to be recycled and there are financial considerations as well as environmental considerations to think of when we fill our bins before collection day.

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Why Not Glass?

Many companies no longer use glass containers simply because of the expense. It has become much cheaper and much more production orientated to produce cartons, containers and other receptacles from plastic that glass has fallen by the way side as a more expensive option.

In days gone by the number of items that were sold in glass containers were many but as time has passed and the emphasis has shifted towards space while shipping, the environment and, as always, money – the number of glass items has substantially dropped.

Join The Green Revolution!

Get your milk delivered in reusable glass milk bottles by Birmingham Dairies and do your bit to rid the world of single use plastics.

Do You Remember Glass Milk Bottles?

Do you remember having your milk delivered to your door in pint glass bottles?

Many people remember this with a sentimental fondness, the clink of the bottles and the washing and leaving out of the empties for collection the next morning.

Sadly, however many dairies have now gone out of business and those that still exist find it difficult to compete with larger supermarket chains and in order to do so have to use plastic containers or cartons as a means of keeping costs down.

Birmingham Dairies still supply milk in re-usable, Eco-friendly glass milk bottles at very competitive prices  so why not join us in our fight against single-use plastic and switch to glass bottles today?.

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Reusable Glass Bottles Help Reduce Local Landfill


Did you realise that by purchasing your milk, in reusable glass bottles, that you are doing your part in helping to preserve the local area?

We worked it out and you will be amazed by the facts.

Birmingham Dairies deliver about 12,500 gallons of milk in glass bottles every week in the Birmingham area.

When this number is multiplied by 52 weeks in a year, we discovered that comes to 650,000 gallons of milk each year, which is roughly 1.5 million 2 litre plastic milk bottles that are not sent for recycling or even dumped into our area’s landfill every year!

Did you know that households in the UK throw away 295 billion pieces of plastic every single year?

Even if you only make a small change, you could make a BIG impact.

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