Highcross get greener glass for the white stuff!

9 Jan 2019

Kick-starting the New Year, Highcross management team have made the switch from plastic to glass milk bottles as part of their effort in creating a greener and more sustainable working environment.

Glass milk bottles, popular throughout the 20th century, are making a comeback as awareness about reducing waste, particularly plastics, is becoming widespread.

The benefits

Using glass bottles benefits the environmental by reducing the amount of plastic entering waste streams as glass bottles are reusable.

Though producing glass bottles is more energy intensive than plastic, it is over the long term that glass bottles prove to be much more energy efficient as they are reused up to 15 times on average and even up to 50 times. 

Our simple switch will result in over 570 less bottles thrown away per year (equivalent to 25kg of HDPE plastic). Not only does this reduce waste, carbon emissions and energy use, but also serves as a good way to raise awareness amongst staff members to think more about moving away from disposable containers and towards more sustainable options.

What can you do?

If you are interested in making the switch too, the best thing would be to find and contact your local dairy farm here and learn about options available for businesses or for personal use.

Supplying from a local farm can lead to even more energy and carbon savings as less transport is involved, since milk can travel from distant farms to supermarkets.

It should be noted that costs can differ for glass bottles, though some local farms will offer similar prices as to using a plastic alternative. Additional charges for delivery should be noted too however these are often included in the milk prices.

What’s next?

Further opportunities can still be found within the working environment to reduce plastic waste. The following actions are planned to be taken at Highcross:

- Carry out a plastic audit within the office, changing other products with disposable packaging to sustainable options

- Introduction of reusable bottles for staff

- Looking at minimising use of disposable cutlery, cling film and aluminium foil

- Ensure Butterfly Banks actions are available for each sustainable initiative 

References: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/0...

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