Back then almost 95% of the UK had its milk delivered to the doorstep in glass milk bottles. By 2012 that had dropped to less than 4%.
But the increase in use of plastic materials for packaging is ever increasing. It’s estimated the UK currently buys over 750 million plastic bottles every year.
Dustin Benton, policy director for the Green Alliance, says: “If you reuse glass bottles then the carbon footprint of that is about 60% less than if you use plastic. So there is an obvious carbon benefit and the other thing is that glass bottles, particularly when they’re reused don’t really cause a litter problem, and plastic litter getting into the oceans is one of the world’s big environmental problems.”