Riverford

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FAQs - new milk bottles

 

From 9th May Riverford milk will come in poly bottles instead of cartons. The cartons looked nice but were prone to leaking and could be tricky to open. The new bottles bring lots of benefits:

  • No leaks
  • Easy to open
  • Recyclable, including the label
  • The milk keeps better once opened, as it can be resealed

It's a new bottle but nothing else has changed. The milk is 100% organic, unhomogenised and delivered fresh from the Riverford dairy herd. The cows spend most of their time outdoors, grazing the farm in rotation with our organic veg. They also enjoy any vegetables that aren’t quite up to scratch for the boxes. Broccoli is a favourite! This all contributes to the superb quality and flavour.

Why are we changing from cartons?

   

We’ve had a few niggles with the cartons over the years. The main problem was leakage and many customers also found them hard to open. The new bottles solve these problems.

 

Why have we chosen poly bottles?

   

The new bottles bring lots of benefits:

   
  • No leaks
  • Easy to open
  • Recyclable, including the label
  • The milk keeps better once opened, as it can be resealed
 

Are the bottles recyclable?

   

Yes.

 

Are the labels recyclable?

   

Yes.

 

Are the lids recyclable?

   

No. The lids are made from Linear Low Density Polyethelene and can’t be recycled. But the bottles themselves and the labels can.

 

What are the bottles made of?

   

High Density Polyethelene (HDPE), which is fully recyclable and can contain up to 30% post-consumer recycled HDPE.

 

What are the labels made of?

   

White gloss glassine paper. They are fully recyclable.

 

Does the manufacturing of the bottles use more resources compared with cartons?

   

No. HDPE has low energy consumption requirements compared with cartons and it can also be recycled. Cartons take masses of wood pulp and water to produce and cannot be recycled, though they are biodegradable.

 

Can the milk be frozen?

   

Yes, you can freeze it. As the milk expands when frozen, it’s best to pour out about 50ml and make sure the lid is screwed back on tightly.

 

Has the milk changed?

   

It’s a new bottle but nothing else has changed. The milk is 100% organic, unhomogenised and delivered fresh from the Riverford dairy herd. The cows spend most of their time outdoors, grazing the farm in rotation with our organic veg. They also enjoy any vegetables that aren’t quite up to scratch for the boxes. Broccoli is a favourite! This all contributes to the superb quality and flavour.

 

Is the packaging Soil Association approved?

   

Yes. All the packaging and labels are approved by the Soil Association.