Figuring out ways to make packaging as efficient as possible has been on the minds of many manufacturers. Milk cartons and jugs are notorious for being inefficient space-wise for transporting from dairy to store, but a new design changes all that, eliminating wasted space and time in shipping and shelving. However, people don’t like change and like to complain, and so many folks are giving the new cartons a hard time. Yes, they’re shaped kind of weird and you have to pour a little differently, but so what? If it equates to taking trucks off the road and saving massive amounts of water because the crates that old-style cartons are shipped in (which birds roost in and poop on) have to be washed, then it seems to me we should quit crying over spilled milk and learn how to pour.
The newly designed milk jugs are just the first of many package changes on the horizon. With the higher gas prices, getting the most product into one truck load is a big deal, and fitting as much on the shelves in one delivery is important because that means using that much less energy to keep refrigerators cool since fuller fridges use less energy. Add in efficiency in the packing process and cutting down on labor, and the jugs equal a big cost savings to dairies, stores, and consumers. I have no doubt that should these new jugs pan out, other beverage package manufacturers will follow suit. The new milk jugs cut truck shipments of milk to a typical Sam's Club from 4-5 down to 2 per week, and the cardboard and shrinkwrap used in the packing are recycled (says the article...), while the need for stacking, hauling and washing crates is eliminated.
The only belly-aching I’ll do about this revamp of the milk carton is that I don’t think it’ll be widespread for awhile longer becauase it may take some more design tweaking to please consumers. That means it’ll take some time before we see the jugs contain recycled materials (though they are indeed made of recyclable plastic), and some time before I can get my weekly gallon of organic milk in it. Of course, it may catch on sooner than we think…
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