Forget the fuss about plastic straws, bring back the milkman

When I lived as a primary school student in Hobson Street in Kawerau, the milkman used to clip-clop along our road as his wagon was pulled by a Clydesdale horse. In those days no one called glass milk bottles recycling or environmentally friendly but now some millennials have realised that sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

Milkmen and milkwomen are making a comeback in London as millennials have started using glass milk bottles in a bid to cut down plastic waste.

Dairies in the capital told of a “phenomenal” upsurge in interest from younger customers at the start of the year amid growing public upset over plastic waste.

Both UK-wide company milk&more and east London dairy Parker Dairies have seen increased demand for glass bottles in 2018, citing David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II as the “catalyst” for the new uptake.

Dairies offer locally sourced produced such as sourdough bread alongside milk

The firms said younger consumers and families seem willing to pay more for the service in a bid to help the environment.

[…] depot manager of Parker Dairies Paul Lough said interest of late in glass bottles has been “absolutely phenomenal”.

[…] Glass milk bottles can be reused up to 25 times before they are recycled into new bottles (Parker Dairies)

[…] “People are much more environmentally conscious and so they are asking if we do glass,” he said.

And the dairy has attracted a younger clientele, Mr Lough said, meaning the firm has expanded its product line to cater to the new demographic.

“Without a doubt [they are younger],” he said. “That is why we are trying to change our product list.

“We do sourdough and honeys… we sell 250 loaves a week to new customers.”

Meanwhile, UK company milk&more said it has gained more than 2,500 new customers in the last month – the equivalent of five new milk rounds.

And some 90 per cent of these customers across the country are ordering in the iconic glass bottles.

[…] Dairies offer locally sourced produced such as sourdough bread alongside milk
Dairy Crest had planned to shut down the dairy and review milk&more in light of declining interest in milk deliveries, with plans to phase out glass bottles.

But Müller said it wanted to reverse the plans and “rejuvenate and expand” milk&more.

Milkman Ian Beardwell has been doing the same round in Wimbledon for Hanworth Dairy for 27 years.

He said: “Since Blue Planet that has been the catalyst of the revival in glass.

[…] “We believe the tradition of the milkman has some fantastic elements that are relevant now. They are a reliable presence for pre-breakfast delivery, they offer an exciting product range including locally sourced produce, and can be a part of the community.

“We just have to make them relevant for the modern consumer.”[…]

When you think about it there are a number of great things from the past that Millenials have shown an interest in. Knitting is one example as well as backyard vegetable gardens and keeping chooks.  Now is the time to pass on those skills to your grandchildren.  Believe it or not many of those old school skills are now back in fashion.

-Evening Standard  


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