Hey Fonterra: we want our glass milk bottles back!

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The world is awash with plastic; it's fair to say the planet is drowning in it. 

Here's a simple solution to reduce New Zealand's plastic usage and improve our health at the same time. 

Fonterra, it's time to bring back the iconic glass milk bottle. New Zealand discards millions of plastic milk bottles each year, plastic that we currently can't even recycle since China ceased taking our plastic recycling of our hands. 

Continuing to use plastic milk is environmentally irresponsible, when there is a trusted and proven packaging alternative for better health, taste and the environment, that we can use instead: Glass.

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. 80% of the glass that is recovered is made into new glass products. 

There's also a good reason wine and spirits are stored in glass: purity of taste. 

Milk supplied in glass bottles will eliminate consuming milk that is chemically contaminated by a fertility-depressing, endocrine system disrupting chemicals,  bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. BPA and phthalates are ingested when they leach into food and beverages for human consumption. Since nearly every plastic bottle on the planet is now made of BPA-based polycarbonates and almost every metal and aluminum can in the world is lined with epoxy resins containing BPA, we are all chronically exposed. 

Glass is nonporous and impermeable, so there are no interactions between glass packaging and products to affect the flavour of the milk. No nasty aftertaste – ever. Glass has almost zero rate of chemical interactions, ensuring that the milk inside a glass bottle keep the aroma and flavour. When consumers choose milk that is packaged in glass, we avoid potential risks while enjoying a number of benefits. 

It's a no-brainer! Let's bring back glass milk bottles, New Zealand!

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