Hi, everyone! Chrissy here.
I'd like to talk to you today about milk bags! Now, before you say anything, I'd like you get kindly get our mind out of the gutter! :) I was actually looking for photos of "milk bags" on Google images and you'd be surprised at some of the photographs that popped up!
I don't know what format of containers you purchase your milk in. In the local grocery stores here they come in cartons, plastic jugs, and in plastic bags.We've all learned that in order to help preserve our planet, we need to practice the 3 R's: Reduce (the amount of consumption of material goods, energy, etc), Re-use and Recycle as much as we can and when we can. Bearing this in mind, I've started doing what my mother-in-law does. For the past two years, I've been re-using our plastic milk bags. I used to buy milk in the cartons, but found it more economical and practical to buy them in the bags. We bought milk in the jugs, but often forgot to take them back to the grocery store for recycling and refunding. I think it was 5 cents returned to you per jug.
What my mother-in-law and I do is simply wash the plastic milk bags and dry them so we can re-use them for other things. The milk bags are exceptionally durable and are wonderful for freezing your produce. When I harvest our beans, raspberries, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, and other veggies from our garden, I prepare them and put them into the plastic baggies. Come winter time, we have lots of produce from the garden ready to use for cooking.
I know there are plenty of debates on re-using plastic bags. We've found that there are no problems with it and it works out quite well for us. It's also way better than throwing out the plastic milk bags. At least we have found a purpose for the bags. Nothing gets wasted.
Other than recycling the other types of milk containers, I suppose you can reuse them too. Instead of putting your cartons in the recycling bin, you and your kids can cut them and decorate them and make a bird feeder out of them. You can also cut them and start your seeds in them (for starting seedlings for planting in your garden).
What do you think? Do you buy your milk in the carton, plastic jug or bags? What do you do with the container afterward?