Cardboard vs Plastic. What’s best for your milk?
Intern2Milk

It’s the age old question. Which is a better container for milk? Cardboard or Plastic?

From an environmental perspective, many researchers believe that manufacturing cardboard actually leaves a bigger carbon footprint than plastic.

However, what really matters here is the quality of the milk!

I spent the last few weeks doing my own research, and here are some pros and cons on both types of container.

CardboardCarton

Cardboard Cartons

Pros

Available in smaller sizes, for people who don’t drink as much milk.

Cartons can be designed with more interesting colors and typography.

Easier to put photos of missing children on.

Cons

Condensation can leave marks on a wooden table.

Once opened, a classic cardboard milk carton can’t lock in freshness the way a plastic container can. (Counterpoint: Fast milk drinkers will not be bothered by this)

MilkJug

PLASTIC JUGS

Pros

Comes in larger sizes. Like gallons.

Less condensation than cardboard (But still condensation)

Screw-on or pop-off lids keep milk fresher longer

Cons

Large sizes not convenient for people who don’t drink a lot of milk. Could lead to spoiling.

Cannot put missing children pictures on plastic containers

 

 

What it really comes down to, as you can see, is milk consumption. If you do not drink a lot of milk, cardboard containers might be right for you. But heavy milk drinkers like myself will always benefit from the larger gallon jugs.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

206 thoughts on “Cardboard vs Plastic. What’s best for your milk?

  1. K8Done .

    Wow! Thanks Intern 2! It never occurred to me how much a difference there is between the two! One question though: I hear in other countries (i.e. Australia), they have milk bags. How do those compare?

    1. Lindsey Curtis

      Yeah… Canada has milk in bags as well. I don’t live there, but I know some people who do, and they say that’s it’s a lot easier to have it in a bag (particularly when storing it). But if you’ve ever watched the DareMattG where Matt kicks a bag of milk like a football, you would see that they aren’t very durable. They kind of just… explode on impact. So, If you accidentally drop it in your kitchen, I’m pretty sure you’ll have a lot of milk to clean up. :/

  2. Kyla Bacon

    Interesting! You’re totally right, Intern 2! Milk consumption is key for what people will find better. As a person who drinks at least one giant glass of milk a day, jugs are ideal. Also, I’m from Canada and where I am at least, we don’t have milk in bags. I guess it depends on the region of Canada you live in.

  3. Mari Chambers

    I think this is a great article, with even interesting comments! Thanks Intern 2 and can you please post more of this stuff? Cardboard is perfect for me because it’s the better choice for the environment, and I am not a heavy milk drinker. I get my dairy from cheese and ice cream. Also, Intern 2, which is better for the economy? Cardboard or plastic?

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