If you want an entertaining little distraction, take a look at BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones trying out the new recyclable bag and jug system for milk that Sainsbury’s has just launched.
What comes over is quite what a faff the whole system is compared to just opening up one of the normal plastic bottles that most milk comes in. The idea is that you buy the reusable jug once, and then the bag is made from recyclable plastic, avoiding the bottles going to landfill. In the case of us, that isn’t a problem, as our local council will take the plastic milk bottles anyway, however I’m well aware that different councils have different policies.
However the big question that comes up is why, if this is a move to encourage recycling, why this is more environmentally friendly than the way milk used to be supplied which was in reusable glass bottles. You’d hand back your empty bottles which would be taken away, cleaned and reused. Surely having a container that is totally reusable like that is more environmentally friendly than a whole load of plastic bags?