30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 9: Returnable Bottles)

Take advantage of products that come in returnable containers like milk and/or yogurt. Not only are you saving plastic jugs and cartons from going to the landfill, you are potentially supporting local farms. Returnable items will require a deposit during your first purchase. After that first initial deposit, you just exchange that empty bottle for new bottle for regular price. That empty bottle gets sent back to the producer, gets cleaned, refilled, and sent back to the stores. This trend is getting ever more popular in cities where some markets are even bringing back the milk man! Not everyone will have access to this option which is fine. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Want this option? Contact your local grocery stores and talk to them about your interest in this product being available. We vote with our money! Also, if you do not drink cow’s milk, you can make your own zero waste almond milk very easily. Just follow this recipe here!

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7 thoughts on “30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 9: Returnable Bottles)

  1. I've found glass bottled milk at a market near me, but it does have a lid with a little pull off bit like regular milk bottles. Do you know if that bit is recyclable?

  2. I find this to cost restrictive with a very small budget .. we make about 40,000 a year. any advice how to support this costly habit? where I live its 6$/lb of almonds and it takes about 2 lbs to produce 32 oz of almond milk its cheaper to buy in a carton one 32 oz for 2.74$. that glass milk cost almost 7-8$/ 32 or 64 oz…

  3. So sorry for the late response, Ambaa! Yes, the caps are recyclable but only at select facilities so you'd have to check with your local recycling center if they take that type of plastic. I do think Whole Foods recycles those caps.

  4. I'm not going to lie, there are a few things in the zero waste transition that will cost more. I look at it this way. I no longer spend money on disposable products such has paper towels, napkins, disposable menstrual products, excessive amounts of makeup, etc. I shift that money to things like almonds or more organic produce. You could also look at another type of nut milk – maybe a nut that is cheaper? But again, everyone should only do what they can. Progress, not perfection. 🙂

  5. Perhaps rice milk may be a better alternative to save on cost. It's about a cup of rice for a quart, so that'd be pennies per cup (depending on the rice you use).

  6. Hi Amanda, I agree with Megean that some zero waste switches will save you money, and some won't. However, homemade almond milk isn't as pricey as you are thinking! I use 1 c almonds to 4 c (so 32 oz) of water. I just weighed 1 c of almonds and it was just under 1/3 of a lb. So $2 vs. the $2.74 price you are finding for store-bought. Not only would you be saving 27% and all of those cartons (not to mention the free leftover almond pulp), but homemade almond milk is sooooo much more delicious and healthier. I have seen a few articles recently about how there are actually very few almonds that go into store-bought “almond” milk. By the way, I would recommend looking for another recipe than the one linked to in this post. I have never heard of anyone peeling the almonds after soaking them when making milk and, while it might be nice for certain occasions, I don't see the need to add dates either.

  7. Cashew milk is super easy. You don't even need to strain it if your blender is powerful.

    Soak cashews in hot water for 15 minutes, drain, then blitz with more water. Chill in a mason jar or whatever you have.

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