Hey Rory, need a hand with that milk bag?

Milk JugDoing my usual news browsing while having a morning coffee and trying to wake up, I came across a video of Rory Cellan Jones making a clown of himself doing something I’d expect a 5 year old to do with ease. He was evaluating the benefits of the “new idea” that is the milk bag, as an alternative to glass bottles and plastic pints which are the norm in the UK.

First off, Rory, I’m not sure what kind of bizarre contraption you bought but if you’d bought a straightforward milk bag jug, like the one on your right here, you would have been done in about 3 seconds flat.

Step 1: Put milk bag (which in my lifetime, I’ve rarely seen leaking) into the jug.
Step 2: Snip the corner of the bag by holding the very corner and using scissors or these tiny fridge-magnet bag clippers.
Step 3: Pour the milk into the glass.
Step 4: Drink milk.

It’s far from new, it’s been the most common way to buy milk in Canada for my entire 26 years of life. The milk comes in a bag of 3x 1.3 liters transparent bags, and the best part is that these milk bags make the sturdiest lunch snack bags ever afterwards and create a hell of a lot less waste than bottles or plastic containers.

7 thoughts on “Hey Rory, need a hand with that milk bag?

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  2. Bimble

    I’ve seen these milk bags in use in Canada and if you can get through a litre of milk-in-a-bag before it goes off (or is there a sealable top to the jug??) I suppose it is a good idea, but we generally have a backlog of three or four bottles in our fridge and it probably wouldn’t last if it were in an open bag.

  3. Sarah

    Oh, I miss having milk in bags…for some reason they don’t sell it like that here in Saskatchewan. We’re stuck with the 4-litre jugs that are awkwardly heavy until they’re about half empty.

  4. Paul M

    it’s pretty easy to seal a bag, no? I’d even suggest it’d be easier to keep milk fresh in a bag than a bottle as you can exclude all the air.

    I’d agree that a bag uses less material than a plastic bottle, but the modern design of milk plastic bottles is quite efficient. I would guess there’s as much environmental impact from transporting milk from farmer to dairy, dairy to supermarket and supermarket to home; cows also produce a lot of methan which is a powerful greenhouse gas.

  5. Marie

    Trop drôle! Hello Véro from another french-canadian 😉

    @ Bimble – I use the bags all the time. The snip you make is so small that your milk does not go bad. It’s like any other milk, it will go bad when it’s due date is passed.

    I thought it was hilarious to see that guy trying to figure out the bag of milk haha.

  6. Jaimesh Mistry

    Again, another article of yours Vero, where I just thought Oh My God! The designer of that jug thing has no common sense at all, a useless product like that wont sell. As you’ve explained, consumers will obviously just use a knife or scissors (who’d buy a product that makes the task harder and costs money)?

    p.s. props to @vero for finding this article.

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