Save The Planet: Buy Big Bags Of Milk

Other countries cut down on the amount of plastic used to package milk by buying it in big plastic bags and storing it in a reusable milk pitcher in the fridge.

This is a nice idea. Pouring milk from a special pitcher would make us feel like some sort of ultimate Martha Stewart-esque homemaking badass.

Bag o’milk is better for the environment [Slashfood]
(Photo:Demnos0813)

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  1. qwickone says:

    The first time I saw this was in Canada (while visiting relatives). It severely weirded me out. It also tasted different, but it could just be the milk itself and not the packaging.

  2. Murph1908 says:

    That’s good!

  3. DashTheHand says:

    Milk balloon fight!

  4. MYarms says:

    Ummm no.

  5. bsalamon says:

    shoko in a bag is amazing (israeli chocolate milk)

  6. dualityshift says:

    @qwickone: No.

    It’s American Milk that tastes funny. You guys add more Titanium White paint to yours.

  7. Falconfire says:

    why not just buy it in a carton… then it decomposes.

  8. I can just picture a harried person opening the bag of milk, instead of the bag the bag of milk is in. I also foresee a upswing in paper towel sales.

  9. @Falconfire: I burn all of my half and half cartons. Ashes take up very little space. Especially if you use them in your garden.

  10. stubblyhead says:

    We had a milkerator when I was in college,it used these big five-gallon bags of milk with a little tube on the end. The bag goes in a plastic crate, and the tube goes down into the dispenser.

  11. frankadelic says:

    I guess they need to add another definition for “Milk Bags” in the Urban Dictionary…

    Actually, it’s already there!

  12. Go4EVA says:

    My grandparents used to have these all the time in the 1980s. And they lived in the middle of Michigan, nowhere close to Canada. I always liked the idea but admit that even an hour and a half away in my hometown they didn’t offer them.

  13. marike says:

    I saw bags of milk when I was in Wisconsin back in 2001! I thought it was a great idea, except that I’m lactose intolerant.

  14. chiieddy says:

    @Shane112358: Since when was the middle of Michigan nowhere close to Canada? As far as I can tell, you don’t have to hit any additional states before reaching the northern border from Michigan.

  15. loganmo says:

    When I was in middle school ,our milk was served in small plastic bags that sort of looked like breast implants-that milk always tasted a bit funky….

  16. tzirbel says:

    I live in WI and have been buying my milk in bags for years. Nothing new here.

  17. zero_o says:

    @chiieddy: Darn you beat me to it. Heck Michigan practically is Canada.

  18. llcooljabe says:

    I grew up in Ontario, and used these all my life.

    My frugal parents washed out those bags and used them as sandwich bags after the milk was finished.

    I miss milk in a bag.

  19. loganmo says:

    The bags I saw were in Milwaukee, which is where I grew up…saw them circa 1993!

  20. mac-phisto says:

    anyone who has been to a cafeteria & poured a glass of milk out of one of those gargantuan stainless steel milkscrappers must’ve seen a worker refill them once – with a bag of milk. not too much different (except the bags could easily double as body bags due to their size.

  21. Meg Marco says:

    @tzirbel: Wisconsin is dairy paradise, shhhh.

  22. youbastid says:

    Those bags don’t look like they use much less plastic than the jugs, since the sturdy plastic in those is pretty thin, and these bags must be pretty thick to avoid puncture. Thumbs down.

  23. billbillbillbill says:

    When I lived in Canada, it seemed like they were phasing out milk in plastic bags and selling more 2 liter plastic cartons of milk. I thought they were just a few decades behind in that department. Guess not.

  24. Machete_Bear says:

    The revelation that milk was packaged in bags in Canada caused quite a stir on ol’ 4Chan.

    Just saying…

  25. pibbsman0 says:

    I knew this was coming. Ever since I went to Canada years ago. First they tried to get us to use metric, now bags of milk. What next?

    Damn you all to hell!!!

  26. Sidecutter says:

    @Falconfire: I havn’t seen actual *milk* in a carton in…god, years now. Always plastic jugs. Soy milk in a carton? Yeah. The milk with the sugar taken out (which I drink the chocolate of, because I’m diabetic but dislike the drinking taste of plain milk)? Yeah. Actual milk? No freakin’ way.

  27. homerjay says:

    I get mine in returnable bottles from a local dairy farm in MA. Its nice to support a local business plus the milk is delicious and seems to last for like 3-4 weeks.

  28. Balisong says:

    @dualityshift: I’ve actually been noticing recently that milk’s acquired a funny taste anyway, at least here in Maryland. So yay more funny tastes in my milk :p

    How is this more environmentally friendly? Noone’s going to recycle the bags either. Case in point – my parents are deadset against recycling plastic bags because of the “hassle” of dropping them off in the supermarket bin, but they’ll still recycle milk jugs.

  29. Randy says:

    It’s still plastic. Never mind the fact that it takes up less room than a jug, but it’s still plastic and will not decompose. And, supposedly, milk loses nutrients when exposed to some types of light, and those semi-opaque jugs and bags let light in.

    Paper Cartons all the way. Pity it’s getting harder and harder to find paper carton milk around here these days. The retailers seem in love with plastic jugs, as they don’t spill or get cut easily. According to a friend in the grocery business, that’s why they don’t carry milk in plastic bags much in the USA – they tend to lose their contents a bit too easily.

  30. tzirbel says:

    Meg: Your right. I live down the block from a Cheese factory. My town is named after a type of cow. I can get fresh from the cow milk a mile in any direction. Mmmmmm Cheese

  31. Johnny_Roastbeef says:

    Why dont we just sell the milk inside the cow. When you finish the milk, you eat the cow. Voila — no waste!

  32. shadow735 says:

    Plastic Jugs, Milk Bags sounds like Calif to me hah hah, seriously though milk in plastic bags? weird, just keep them in paper cartons. OR recycle those plastic jugs…

  33. Can-Car says:

    It is a technique that is being used in many countries. And its not for conserving the milk there, is only for taking it to home and later we passed it to a reusable milk pitcher .

  34. ct_price says:

    How about how they sell milk in Germany – on the shelf in what looks like a giant juice box. Ultra pasteurized shelf-stable milk is the only way you can get it! No cold milk at all, though cream is still refrigerated. That is how we really should go – more packaging but less product waste since it lasts longer and doesn’t go bad until you open the container. Don’t get me started on the eggs there…not refrigerated and on the shelf next to the flour and baking ingredients. Weird!

  35. AD8BC says:

    Uh… better make sure that you don’t keep them around something sharp…

    How much milk in a bag? That looks like a lot of milk, my wife and I probably use less than a gallon a week (I don’t like milk but eat plenty of yogurt and cheese)

  36. Hmm would help, except that my house of 4 people barely ever finishes any 2 gallon milk jug by the expatriation date. Who uses that much milk?

  37. Balisong says:

    @AbstractConcept: I do! Two gallons a week. I loves my milk :D

  38. geogscott says:

    We had this in Ohio in the eighties when I was a kid. I used them in Canada in the mid nineties. I think they are a great idea.

  39. stpauliegirl says:

    Kwik Trip in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois has been selling milk (and OJ) in bags for years and years and years. You can even get a special pitcher and a separate bag cutter contraption free. I worked there in high school, and my family always drank bagged milk at a significant cost savings to us. If I lived closer to a Kwik Trip now, I’d still be drinking bagged milk!
    [www.kwiktrip.com]

  40. mycroft2000 says:

    Wax-cardboard cartons are WAY more popular than the bags in the Toronto area right now … I don’t think we have plastic jugs at all any more, at least not at the stores I go to.

  41. Andr0 says:

    My first milk packaging memories living in Croatia (part of Yugoslavia at the time) were of 1-liter ‘baggies’ of milk in this cool glass pitcher sitting in our fridge.

    Funnily enough, those things vanished from supermarket stores & our fridge not long after Croatia declared independence. Maybe it was some commie trick?

    In all seriousness, I wonder how does the ‘baggy’ packaging compare to cardboard tetrapak in terms of transport durability and cargo space optimization? I won’t even consider those plastic jugs, they just suck…

    I recall store fridges always had at least 1-2 ‘burst’ baggies on the bottom of the milk case, suggesting they weren’t the sturdiest thing ever.

  42. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    They ought to come up with a way for me to go into the grocery store with an empty container and get it filled with milk. And also the generic store brand juices.

    Or at least a way to trade the empty container for a full one. Isn’t that what happened with the milkman?

  43. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @loganmo: I remember those!!

  44. beavis88 says:

    Our local dairy uses (reusable) glass bottles…I wonder how this compares to the environmental costs of plastic jugs/bags? Anyone care to hazard an educated guess?

  45. Andr0 says:

    From what I know, they’re not inclined to do that due to risk of product contamination through unsanitary customer container. Imagine the scenario where you buy milk, come home, enjoy some salmonella, manufacturer’s milk gets recalled – all because you couldn’t properly wash and disinfect your bottle?

  46. Andr0 says:

    @Andr0: Er, that would be in response to Rectilinear PRopagation: They ought to come up with a way for me to go into the grocery store with an empty container and get it filled with milk. And also the generic store brand juices.

  47. the_wiggle says:

    @Shane112358: so did mine. it was interesting but not something i’d want as an only option. there are other ways to package milk etc. that can be recyclable.

  48. neithernor says:

    Judging by how many plastic milk jugs I have dropped in my life, this product would just become a prop in my next inadvertent pratfall.

  49. demonradio says:

    @homerjay: Where in MA?

  50. BII says:

    umm, the internets have known about canadian milk in bags forever.

    just sayin

  51. AcidReign says:

        It won’t be REALLY enviro-friendly till you walk to your store, bring your own jug, and fill it at the store’s milk tap. It works for kerosene at the hardware store, why not for milk?

  52. ribex says:

    You know, this makes me think about boxed wine, which is really a plastic or sometimes mylar-type bag of wine inside the cardboard box (which gives it stability). The nice thing about the concept is that it keeps the air out. Applying this packaging scheme to milk would probably keep milk fresher longer. It could be implemented by having a non-disposable holder which the disposable milk bag would fit into, perhaps.

  53. Feminist Whore says:

    Gross. Milk is bad for you, unless it’s coming out of your mother’s teat. Especially these days, cows are shot full of godknowswhat to increase production.

  54. He says:

    Dry milk lasts a heckuva lot longer than milk in bags, jugs, or pitchers. Why ship all that water weight?

  55. SayAhh says:

    @Git Em SteveDave: Yeah…no. Replace your argument from milk to potato chips and you’ll see how much sense it makes.

    @Can-Car: Yes. I grew up with bagged milk in Argentina. One-liter bags of milk might have to be rinsed of after you take it home but unless there was leaking/tampered with it was absolutely fine. You put it in a holder, whip out a pair of scissors to cut one corner of the bag, and voila, milk in a bag! They still package them in bags, but not sure if across the whole line:

    [www.laserenisima.com.ar]

    @neithernor: Have you ever dropped a bag of frozen peas? Did it break? No? There you go.

    Anyway, I LOVE whole milk, but unless you’re allergic (or an infant), soy milk is the way to go! So look for bags of soy milk in your store!!! (Well, maybe someday…)

  56. matto says:

    I might be a retard, but liquids in big bags seems to be a suboptimal packaging choice.

  57. forgottenpassword says:

    I rarely keep milk at home, mostly because I am single & it goes sour fast because grocery stores keep the good milk in the back until the expiring ones get sold first. (I get my milk fix at work).

    Milk in bags is just wrong. I am sorry, but its wrong! How can bags be as durable as plastic jugs or thick paper cartons when it comes to transporting? Also.. having a bag of milk in a pitcher to poor milk is just as unamerican as it can get. And inconvenient. Who wants to scrub dried & sour milk from the bottom of a pitcher when you can just toss a plastic jug (or a carton) into the trash?

    I remember first seeing a milkbag in an open pitcher in a kids in the hall skit (“a whole lotta milka”) & was disturbed & horrified at the notion.

  58. SayAhh says:

    @qwickone: Oh yeah. Canada is quickly becoming my next favorite country; first, they successfully replaced the 1 dollar bill with loonies, next, they export successful pop artists, and now, bagged milk? Are they old fashioned or just ahead of their time?

  59. balthisar says:

    I got used to the bags when working in the Greater Toronto Area much of last year. Because they’re bags inside of bigger bags, I can see that this is any type of savings over gallon milk jugs. I’d have to weight all of the refuse empty, I suppose. If you’re new, it’s also confusing, since they sell the bags in pair, inside of a larger bag, but all of the jugs are single-bag sized. If you don’t know that a bag is really two small bags, then you look like an idiot and feel stupid when asking Canadian shoppers how this system’s supposed to work!

    In any case, they stack nicely in the fridge, and are excellent space savers!

    FWIW, the 7-Eleven on Mississauga Rd south of the 401 sells gallons of milk. US gallons. Like we have. Yeah, even labelled “1 US gallon” plus the normal small metric equivalent. Seeing English units in use is no surprise (only the young’uns seem dedicated to metric weights and volume), but the fact that it was a US gallon as opposed to even a normal Canadian (imperial) gallon!

    I didn’t notice any difference in taste, FWIW.

  60. bluesunburn says:

    @bsalamon:

    Agreed! I shoko b’sakit (literally “chocolate milk in a bag”).

    Damn good chocolate milk.

  61. bohemian says:

    We used to get milk and juice in the bags at kwiktrip. It was way cheaper than the grocery store.

    The only thing I buy lately is organic milk at one of the grocery stores. Everything else tastes like chalk anymore.

    I wish they still had milkmen.

  62. Feminist Whore says:

    Liquids in plastic bags is common in commercial uses. Things like shake mixes, fake egg mix stuff, ketchup especially comes in a huge bag. I’ve never seen any of it bust open. And well, fountain soda is coming out of a plastic bag, it’s then inside a box, but it’s still in a bag… Anyone who’s ever had to switch out the soda in a restaurant can tell you that.

  63. SayAhh says:

    @forgottenpassword: Exactly. It’s very inconvenient. Who wants to save the environment when you can just toss a plastic jug (or a carton) into the trash? Not that I’m holier than thou, which is why given the choice I’d rather throw away less packaging (thick bag vs much thicker bottle) and probably save more money, too.

    Even if it does take the same amount of plastic to make that bag as it does a bottle, I don’t think anyone can flatten a bottle (without the aid of a machine) flatter than a bag, thus its impact on a landfill is somewhat superior.

    Again, habit and preference are two aspects of this discussion, and depending on where you grew up you’ll have your take on this issue. Heck, I know that in certain Asian countries there are people who has never seen “rolls” of toilet paper and use individual sheets of “toilet napkins” instead! And don’t forget about bidets!

  64. tz says:

    @stpauliegirl: The bags from KwikTrip are BOTH significantly cheaper and more convenient for both milk and orange juice. The free pitcher they fit in is more Fridge friendly than the equivalent plastic bottle, and it is just as easy to throw away a deflated plastic bag – no, easier as you don’t have to crush it to fit.

  65. Infe says:

    It’s a decent idea. I would like it a bit better if there were just a bit of a cardboard frame or something, so you could stick them on top of one another or something. Seems like you would put it in the fridge, and it would flatten out and take up space, or roll around.

  66. Infe says:

    @SayAhh: The article says it says 75% of the plastic used to make milk jugs. I thought it might not have made much of a difference, but apparently it does.

  67. TechnoDestructo says:

    Which are more likely to be reused? Milk bags or milk jugs?

    I reuse somewhere around half the milk jugs I buy, at least once. I can’t imagine I’d ever reuse a bag.

  68. guspaz says:

    I didn’t realize that they didn’t sell milk in bags everywhere… Most milk in Quebec is sold in bags or cartons, although you can sometimes find jugs (and some lesser popular brands like Lactancia are jug-only).

    You’ll find Québon in the bags (three bags of 1.33L each, or about a third of a gallon), or in cartons (0.2L, 0.5L, 1L, and 2L). I think they make jugs too, but they’re rare.

    The milk’s seal is airtight, so it keeps for a decent while before opening.

  69. Anonymous says:

    I grew up in Canada… In fact, I’m still here. Though it’s been a while I do remember that when I was younger, we always got milk in bags. And I’m only 22 so it wasn’t that long ago.

    Although this kind of makes sense… doesn’t it make more sense to maybe… buy the milk that comes in the carboard container that can be recycled and just illimnate the plastic all together… and If you don’t because you really need 4 lieters, just by TWO of the cardboard 2 leiters.

    I dont know how to spell Letiers. I didn’t know until right now.

  70. EtherealStrife says:

    Yet another reason why I’m glad I’m not lactase persistent. Bag of milk = wrong
    And: bags of milk save the planet? huh? Paper beats plastic. Unless it’s a plastic pair of scissors.

  71. JMH says:

    @dualityshift: Agreed. Milk outside the U.S. tastes better.

  72. Go4EVA says:

    @chiieddy: Well of course its all relative. Texas is close to Canada when compared to India. My point was, it wasn’t so close to the border that there was a bleed-over of products from the Canadians. It was an American brand, anyways. Geez.

  73. marsneedsrabbits says:

    My milk comes from the dairy in reusable containers. The guy from the dairy trades the empties for new every week.

  74. wesa says:

    To those who stated that you should just buy milk in cartons: there is still plastic used in the production of paper milk cartons. It lines the inside to keep the liquid from coming through. When you burn them, you are still releasing chemicals into the atmosphere.

  75. Mario's Pants says:

    I like that it’s easy to freeze milk bags if you buy extra during a sale. It’s also generally cheaper to buy bagged milk and it’s always fun “birthing the seal pups” when you take them out of the “mother bag”. I’ve actually cleaned and re-used milk bags (because they’re super strong) for holding items.

  76. john_nyc says:

    Milk bags are hawt.

  77. swalve says:

    @mycroft2000: I’m surprised people like the cartons. I was always grossed out by the milk crust that would form on the spout.

    @Infe: It’s probably more convenient for the end users to recycle the bags since they can be crumpled and stuffed in a bag. Not many people are going to hang onto a milk jug until recycling day.

    @wesa: And wasting a resource that could be recycled. And adding CO2 to the atmosphere.

  78. pigeonpenelope says:

    this middle school i went to in wisconsin served their milk in little plastic bags… the challenge was to put your straw in it without milk squirting out of your straw and onto your neighbor (or without making a whole on the other side).

  79. homerjay says:

    @demonradio: Shaw Farm- Dracut
    Not the farm that killed 3 people with their tainted milk last month. :)

  80. Whtthfgg says:

    half gallon Kwik Trip bags store fine until u need them….you just put em in the crisper

  81. randombob says:

    @Git Em SteveDave:

    um, I believe it’s WAX board, or plastic-lined board, which is why that stuff doesn’t have recyclable symbols on it. It’s not quite THAT biodegradable….

  82. ej00807 says:

    How about pure water filters makes a flavor cartridge called ‘whole milk’. Just add a little calcium and your good to go.

    In Italy, most milk sold was in big boxes on shelves and not refridgerated. Maybe sterile and put in those wine boxes, don’t ask me…

    BTW, milk is bad, I don’t trust it. Productivity is suspciously high at the farms. But it does help the oreo’s like nothing else can.

  83. KJones says:

    For a while in the 1990s I lived in a town that had glass milk bottles. You paid more for the milk and a deposit for the bottle, but the only waste was the sealed foil and cardboard cap. It tasted better than commercial milk, too.

  84. balthisar says:

    @ej00807: That would be UHT milk (ulta-high pasteurized). Lots of that in Mexico, too, for people without refrigerators. It definitely has a different taste, but once you get used to it, it’s not bad. Wish I could get it here, just to have milk in a milk emergency.

  85. EtherealStrife says:

    @wesa: @swalve:
    The plastic lining is easily removed during the recycling process, so burning is not necessary. Just rinse the carton and flatten it.

  86. synergy says:

    Yeah, I’d like to know how this cuts down on plastic. the bags are still plastic!

  87. gretaniki says:

    When I was young (I’m a child of the 80’s) and growing up on a farm, we had milk in glass bottles, delivered straight from the dairy. That’s the way to go, although not necessarily the most earth friendly – unless bio-fuels are used.

  88. alhypo says:

    Plastic milk jugs are recyclable while plastic bags are not accepted by the recyclers in my area.

    How does this cut down on plastic?

  89. brodiec says:

    In Ontario we have 2L tetras of Milk and 4L bags (3 x 1.33L bags). I think people are confused as to how we use the bags. They go in the plastic jug and you cut off the corner of the bag. That way the jug should stay largely clean. The milk pours out of the bag beautifully. You can pour it into a pitcher if you’d like. But in my experience the milk goes sour MUCH quicker and picks up other flavours from your fridge.

    Another advantage is that because you are only exposing 1.3L of milk at a time to the air it means the unopened bags keep longer. Better yet it’s not uncommon for people to freeze their milk in the bags! Sometimes it comes out funny but generally it will defrost over 24hrs in the fridge or more quickly in a sink of warm water. Do that with glass, tetras or plastic jugs! Or don’t.

    All the municipalities I’ve ever lived in have recycled my plastic milk bags.

  90. Inhocmark says:

    Seriously there’s no bagged Milk in the US? Unreal….The strange differences

  91. theblackdog says:

    @alphafemale: Yeah, and those don’t bust unless the owner’s bitchy daughter decides she’s mad at you one day and pokes a hole in the bag.

    Actually the only time I ever saw one of those soda syrup bags truly bust was because the box had been damaged and when someone lifted it to put on the shelf, the bag fell out and the hose held it for a second, before the bag tore. It took about three moppings before our shoes stopped sticking to the floor.

  92. Bender says:

    My local Hy-Vee carrys milk from a dairy <100 miles from my house. It comes in .75 gallon glass bottles with a $1.50 deposit. The milk tastes great, isn’t loaded with hormones, and seems to last much longer.

  93. benko29 says:

    been using these my whole life here in canada.
    it’s cheaper than buying cartons. i actually find it a tad bizarre that this is new to the US.
    @Andr0: actually they are pretty sturdy. in my 20 years on the planet, i can’t remember one time seeing one of these burst.
    @mycroft2000: i’ve noticed that also. i wonder why.

  94. gremesapa says:

    Wow, I bet 90% of americans who see that picture think the milk is in that giant bag of milk just staying in there with a simple tie at the top… Get real people! Inside of the “Packaging bag” there are three 1.3L Rectangular Bags, and just so your self absorbed head doesn’t explode doing the conversion, that works out to 0.34 Gallons of Milk ber bag. The Milk Tastes WAY Better as compared to your plastic enriched, hormone altered milk that you consume daily, which usually spoils in your fridge before its finished.

    Milk Sold in low quality Transparent plastic Jugs in the United States are prone to getting the flavour effected by sun light and other forms of lighting that will slowly breakdown the milk compounds. Out of the 8 countries I’ve visited, the united States by far has the worst tasting milk, actually the lowest quality of comercial food goods period. You guys don’t have Ketchup flavoured chips either, which sucks for you.

    I love your country as a place to visit, and the natural beatuy of the land, which your citizens continue to rape and destroy year after year.

    Garbage bags is another Canadian Invention, in which we use to ship tonnes and tonnes of our crap down to american land fill sites that want to make money off of our stool.

    Peace.

  95. conscious says:

    I’m always amazed at the shock and awe people display over bags of milk, like it’s something from outer space. I’m from Canada, and have seen/used these bags my entire life to the point that it weirds me out that Americans have nothing like this available and must buy either bigass plastic jugs or cartons. Why does this continue? There would have to be a concerted effort by -someone- to keep this less wasteful style of packaging OUT of the US market, because it makes no sense that a universally accepted form of milk container is so unheard of by Americans.

  96. ZekeDMS says:

    @loganmo:
    And here I thought I was the only one. I hated those, they never worked right. Implant milk was bad tasting and exploded all the time.

    Fortunately, canadian bagged milk isn’t nearly such an abomination. Tastes fine, no weird squeezy straw punching maneuvers.

  97. nickgcsu says:

    I grew up in Canada too, so milk bags are nothing new to me either. Plastic jugs (heh) last a long time. My family still owns and uses one they bought in 1992.

    Milk-wise, in continental Europe (where I live now), they don’t refrigerate their milk. It’s sold in 1L bottles directly on the shelves for about 1€/bottle. Apparently something is added to North American milk but not to European milk, which makes it safe to keep on a shelf. I just keep it in the fridge – old habits die hard.

  98. KogeLiz says:

    I wouldn’t be able to do it.

  99. SayAhh says:

    @EtherealStrife: you crack me up.

    @TechnoDestructo: “Which are more likely to be reused? Milk bags or milk jugs?” I guess the key phrase is “more likely”: llcooljabe wrote: “My frugal parents washed out those bags and used them as sandwich bags after the milk was finished.”

    The point isn’t reusage; the point is about reducing waste from people who would throw away the milk “container” anyway. You’d need to find out how many people would (or actually does) reuse bottles, and if less than 75% of them reuse them, the environment is better off with bags.

    By the way, we used to reuse milk jugs all the time by filling them up at the water vending machines, but stopped doing that years ago; now we reuse 1-gallon water bottles.

  100. Charles says:

    What is with people saying that milk from outside the US is superior tasting to that inside the US? I’ve been to “continental Europe”, to four countries, and if I’m guessing correctly that the milk I had there was whole milk, it doesn’t taste any better, any worse, or any different than the Borden whole milk I drink here in Texas. And it’s just naive to believe that only American cows are injected with steroids, tsk tsk. Though, Borden does claim that the dairy cows they use are hormone-free, so there you go.

    Milk in bags, I’m really indifferent. Plastic is freaking plastic, it doesn’t go anywhere anyway. Most milk is in cartons, a la breakfast and lunch at school. Though, in elementary we had milk and orange juice in bags, and that sucked. I find it easier to grab something more sturdy, I suppose that is the word, than something that wiggles around. Unfortunately, the environment loses either way. And I suppose my family could be a rarity because of the fact that we reuse our plastic jugs of milk as water pitchers or as bird feeders. It’s really annoying and infantile to attribute culture difference to the milk bags and the milk jugs. Though we I found about milk bags I freaked out, because of my negative experiences with them and couldn’t wonder why anyone would want to use them, but being me, I could care less what anyone else does with their milk. They could drink their milk from someone’s anus, I don’t care, that’s none of my business.

    Oh yeah, and those milk jugs are flattened at the dumps anyway.

  101. happyhour10 says:

    I’m reading comments about how difficult and weird it would be to switch to bags, like this witty quip: “There’ll be an increase in paper towel sales!” Hahahahahaha! If you’re a moron. Step 1: Open milk bag by undoing twisty thing that bread also comes with. Step 2: place 2L or 0.000001 gallon milk bag in handy pitcher. Cut corner of bag with scissors, or even use a special knife thingy that’s made to cut milk bags. It’s simple and fun! Step 3: Pour a glass of milk, and try to find your mouth with it. I’m sure you Americans have more than enough brain power to match us Canadians and our mad crazy milk prep skills.

  102. SayAhh says:

    @aitch: Milk tastes WAY better in Argentina, although I recall that certain brands tasted watered down (unless they were actually low-fat milk, which I didn’t know existed back when I was younger). I still remember the brand that got me hooked on milk: La Serenísima [Wikipedia article in Spanish].

    Here’s another Wikipedia article on Argentine beef: Quality of Argentine Beef. There’s open-pasture and grass-fed versus feedlot and grain-fed beef. I wonder if the taste of milk also has something to do with that… Interestingly tidbit: feedlot cattle are given beer to help them calm down :)

  103. PeterLynn says:

    Milk bags are definitely superior to any other form of container in one respect: They’re way better for stabbing with a knife and spraying all over people, as Tom Green used to do on his old cable access show.