Millennials are calling for the return of milkmen so they can go plastic free

Love them or not, millennials are very environmentally conscious.

In a bid to go and to satisfy a nostalgia for simpler times, more young people are using milk vans to get their dairy fix.

Milkmen and milkwomen are making a comeback as glass bottles surge in popularity.

Dairies in London revealed that there’s been a surge in interest since the start of the year as more youngster become concerned with .

They reckon it’s after seeing all the , and David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II which was a ‘catalyst’ for the sudden interest.

UK-wide company Milk&More and east London dairy Parker Dairies have seen increased demand for glass bottles as younger families are willing to pay more for the service than an average carton of milk at the supermarket.

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There’s been a 25% increase in sales, , but trade association Dairy UK says figures showed doorstep deliveries only make up 3% of milk sales in the UK – which is around one million pints per day.

The company, which helps you find your closest milkmen also say they are the eyes and ears of the local community, also helping customers in the past with crime and fires.

Parker Diaries say it has seen a very noticeable rise, with a 4% increase in sales since December, meaning an extra 1800 pints is sold each week. And 95% of them have been requesting for a glass bottle.

They, like other milk rounds, also offer fresh loaves of bread to go with your milk.

Milk&More, which caters to a larger clientele said it’s gained more than 2,500 new customers in the last month – the equivalent of five new milk rounds.

And 90% of these customers across the country are ordering the iconic glass bottles.

In the capital, Milk&More has added the equivalent of a whole new round.

Dairy giant Müller bought the company in 2016 from Dairy Crest who thought declining sales meant there was no future for the brand.


But Müller proved to have a good eye as it pledged to save glass milk bottle doorstep delivery and boost the service.

The early morning staple is now being adopted by young families around 35 years old, on a double income, the company said.

But how exactly is glass a better choice than supermarket plastic or carton, we hear you say?

According to pro-glass company , glass is better for the planet; made from all-natural, sustainable raw materials, is 100% recyclable, and can be reused endlessly.

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And plastic bottles are not biodegradable, meaning they can stick around for millennia, and nothing should really be around for that long.

Not only is it a more hipster choice, it’s a far more sustainable source.




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