Milkrounds in the UK are on the rise

Signal of change / Milkrounds in the UK are on the rise

By Shola Powell / 09 Feb 2018

Glass bottle milk deliveries are on the increase in the UK, having been up nearly 5% year on year. Households are returning to their milkrounds roots; in 1975 94% of households had a milkman deliver their milk, which dropped to as low as 3% by 2016. Many are using glass bottle milk as a means to cut their plastic use.

So what?

Although reusable glass bottles are seen as more sustainable (can be reused up to 25 times before being recycled), this process also requires additional fuel for delivery and pickup of the bottles, as well as the sterilisation process.

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/07/return-milkround-plastic-problem-glass-bottle-deliveries

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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