// Morrisons is launching reusable glass milk bottles to cut plastic and reduce CO2
// The introduction of traditional glass milk bottles is expected to remove 40,000 plastic bottles from selected Morrisons stores per year
Morrisons is reintroducing glass milk bottles in a new trial as the supermarket continues to find ways to help customers to reduce their plastic use.
The glass milk bottles, which hold a pint of milk and are priced at 90p, will be available in seven trial stores across Kent and four stores around Sheffield.
They are delivered directly to Morrisons supermarkets by local dairy farms and once returned are collected and sanitised and can be reused for ten years or more.
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The re-introduction of traditional glass milk bottles is expected to remove 40,000 plastic bottles from these Morrisons stores per year as well as reduce CO2 emissions as delivery from local suppliers means milk covers shorter distances.
“We want to help our customers live their lives with less plastic,” Morrisons packaging manager Natasha Cook said.
“Reusing glass milk bottles is an easy leap for many people to make because they remember that this was how milk used to arrive on the doorstep.
“We’re currently talking to other local dairies and hope to be able to roll out glass milk bottles across the country.”
City to Sea policy manager Steve Hynd said: “Milk is a prime example of a product that could and should be swapped from single-use plastic bottles to planet friendly reusable bottles.”
“It is great to see Morrisons pioneering the process of delivering milk in reusable bottles in supermarket stores.
“We know this move is popular, with three out of four people telling us they want more refill options in shops as a way of tackling plastic pollution.
“This is Morrisons doing not only what’s right for the planet but also what their customers are telling us they want to see.”
Morrisons has also already committed to a 50 per cent reduction across its own-brand primary plastic packaging by 2025.
These initiatives introduced over the last 12 months will remove 9000 tonnes of unnecessary or problematic plastic each year while over 83 per cent of Morrisons own-brand plastic packaging is now able to be recycled.