Why Glass Milk Bottles Carry Healthful Raw Milk!

Glass Milk Bottles create nostalgia of early day home milk delivery. But are there another reasons to use glass bottles today? BPA free containers for local milk and benefits of recycling add healthful and environmental reasons. Choose glass bottles. Glass bottles carry healthful raw local milk!

In Colonial America, colonists stored milk and transported it into the best containers available. They reused those  containers time and time again.  Then in 1879 in Connecticut, during the time of major inventions, a New York City dairy started selling milk in glass bottles.

Interestingly, this same year the cream separator was patented. And yet another inventor produced a machine that could cool food. And oh yes, that year the lights came on! Thomas Edison successfully invented the light bulb.

A couple years later Dr. Hervey Thatcher of Potsdam, NY invented Thatcher’s Common Sense Milk Jar, sealed with a wax paper disk. Then in 1932 the paper carton milk container was introduced with a plastic inner lining. Following that, in 1964 a strong push came from the plastic industry, following WWII in a post war expansion, to use more plastic. And this likely empowered a real change that swept across the dairy industry resulting in the plastic milk jug that we use today.

Now more recently, growing concerns are calling back the glass milk bottles for milk transport and storage. Do these concerns justify the extra bother of these returnable containers? The heavier container calls for more effort to carry to and from the store. And glass milk bottles such as was used for home delivery in years past, can break, spilling the milk.

Let’s consider the concerns and reasons for using glass bottles.

Plastic poses a threat of chemical contamination.

Research suggests that certain levels of exposure to chemicals such as Bisphenol A, BPA used to harden plastic, may cause cancer. BPA is commonly found in plastic food packages. There are concerns that this may have potential affects on the brain, behavior, and prostate glands in young and unborn children. Studies show obesity may be a result of the plastic BPA. There may even be a link between BPA and high blood pressure. Other sources say BPA produces changes in DNA structure.

2. Plastic taints the taste of the milk.

We understand that drinking water from a glass is better tasting, more refreshing, than one from a plastic cup. Some attribute that to our contact with the container and with glass contact giving a more cold reception, thus a fresher taste. But there seems to be more than the contact to the glass. In fact, the product stored in plastic receives some of the chemicals from the plastic as they tend to leach into the contents. And our noses are quick to pick up on the scents of these chemicals. Thus, the plastic chemicals spoil the best tastes naturally occurring. And so it is just this simple, store milk in glass for better taste. And keep in mind, too, the plastic BPA dangers to our health.

3. The milk stays fresh longer in glass.

As previously mentioned, the chemicals tend to leach out of the plastic containers into the milk stored in them. This will affect the taste. Choose glass as a BPA free container! But additionally, milk simply keeps longer in glass. And besides that, bacteria is unable to hide in glass containers as easy because they are less porous than plastic.  High temperature water is used to wash the glass bottles just prior to filling. Yet the manufacturing facility sterilized the plastic jugs before shipping them t be filled. And glass also stays colder longer due to the heavier material than that of plastic jugs. Voices in America says milk in glass bottles is better for you. It is better for the environment. Glass milk bottles provide better for local farmers and local home milk delivery. And last of all this all enriches a better community.

4. Benefits of recycling glass — endlessly and reduce waste.

In the early 1900s the average glass milk bottle made 22.5 round trips to the consumer and back to the creamery. And today the average family uses 104 gallons of milk a year. That would equate to over 200 plastic ½ milk jugs. Really? So much of the plastic BPA dangers? And while we can recyle glass endlessly?

5. Environmental benefits of recycling glass versus plastic bottles. 

In 2014 Americans recycled 3,003 million lbs. of plastic. However, there is still between 5.3 million and 14 million tons of plastic thrown into the ocean annually. And glass manufacturing requires basically sand, soda ash and limestone . So we can recycle glass endlessly by melting and reforming it into glass. Just one off the blessing and benefits of recycling glass milk bottles! And all the while subjecting our bodies and families to the plastic BPA dangers.

6. Glass milk bottles promote LOCAL milk.

In addition to the benefits of recycling, returnable glass bottles give another good reason to go back to the better local source. Bottle deposits inspire customers to return for the credits. Support a local farm; a nearby raw milk dairy that uses glass bottles is better local sustainability. And don’t risk the plastic dangers of BPA.

Another point of keeping it as local trade, the heavier glass milk bottles discourage shipping it considerable distances. Look for local milk in glass milk bottles.

Swiss Villa offer raw whole milk in glass bottles. Check with your home milk delivery services for availability of 100% grass fed raw milk from heritage breed cows. Swiss Villa desires to present high quality, better local milk in glass bottles for your local market or via home milk delivery services where available.

Don’t risk the plastic BPA danger and remember the benefits of recycling glass; you can recycle glass endlessly.