Its true that plastic milk bags not the cartons or jugs we are used to here in the us are de rigueur in many parts of Europe, Latin America and India and are catching on fast in Canada, South Africa, China and elsewhere. They typically hold a liter of milk and are sold in three packs . Most people snip off of the corner of the milk bag and keep it upright in a pitcher in the fridge. When the last drop has been used up the bags which are made out of easily recycled high density polyethylene can be rinsed and tossed in with other recycling. Best of all they use 75% Plastic than similar capacity plastic milk jugs. The fact that milk bags are easy to recycle and use much less plastic and as such are inexpensive maybe a big part of the reason for there popularity all over the world They are more popular than ever in Great Britain today amid concerns that plastic milk jugs there are not being recycled at adequate levels. At least two of the U.K’s Largest grocery chains have switched over to milk bags in the last two years. Of course detractors point out that milk bags are not as sturdy as plastic jugs they can puncture or burst if too much pressure is applied. Also they do not stand upright like harder containers and cannot be sealed once snipped open and thus more prone to spilling. Perhaps for these reasons milk bags are losing market share in many regions of the former soviet block where they were for years the most common packaging for milk Some analysts cite the so called lower shelf appeal of milk bags as the reason which might have something to do with why U S supermarkets haven’t yet been eager o embrace them. Of course paper/cardboard half gallon milk containers are also relatively friendly to the environment especially if the empty boxes are worked into compost either at the residential or municipal Level or rinsed well and recycled. They tend to be more expensive than Plastic Jugs as they cost more to make. Several companies are working on ways to employ recycled paper and cardboard into larger jugs And while most of us no longer employ milk jugs while keeping cost comparable to inexpensive plastic jugs And while most of us no longer employ milk delivery services to our home the glasss bottles that they use
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