Going Green with Glass Milk Bottles by Stanpac

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I am in a never ending quest to green up my kitchen, and as my regular readers know, my latest kitchen kick has been purging the place of plastics and harmful materials.

I have been super slow about it, partly because I am lazy, but also because I have to buy annoying things like food and diapers and other pesky trivialities of living. So I totally get the struggle of going green on a budget. Or in some cases, lack of a budget.
But this journey toward a greener, more environmentally friendly kitchen is ever marching onward and it is so worth it! Some of you may remember that here on my blog I tackled BPA first, then aluminum, and now I am swinging by around to BPA again. Why? Because BPA is pretty much the devil. And it is EV.ER.Y.WHERE.
As I have written in previous posts:
I first learned about Bisphenol-A (BPA) when I was pregnant for the first time and shopping around for the best bottles for my daughter.
What triggered my curiosity and concern was the huge, bold printed assertions slapped on every other baby product that there is “NO BPA!!!” in the bottle / binky / teething toy / whatever.
BPA is basically a chemical found in hard plastics. BPA can also be found in epoxy resins which are used as coatings inside food cans and water bottles. Studies have shown that BPA leaches into foods while they are in contact with BPA – especially foods that are acidic, salty and fatty, (like coconut milk, tomatoes, soup, and vegetables).
BPA is an endocrine disruptor – basically a substance that interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. When BPA imitates our body’s own hormones, it is hazardous for our health, with a laundry list of awful side effects. A recent CDC report found BPA in the urine of 93% of adults!! Yikes!
Aside from the negative health aspects, plastics are just yucky for the environment too. Plastic doesn’t really go away. I mean that literally. Experts cant even agree on how many hundreds (or thousands) of years it would take from most plastics to decompose.
Plastic is made from petroleum, and petroleum derivatives – every time plastic gets manufactured new resources are used, and as a byproduct toxic waste is released, polluting the air and waterways. Sure, plastic can be recycled, but each time plastic is “downcycled”; plastic loses it’s integrity and quality, becoming something else that eventually won’t be able to be recycled or reused.
So when it comes to storing liquids like milk, (especially if you get your milk from your own cows or goats, like I used to), it is really frikkin important that you use glass.

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Glass will never lose its integrity, it can be recycled time after time and will always go back to being raw material to form new glass.
Glass is inert material, meaning it won’t react chemically with anything else. Nothing will permeate or leach into your liquids, as opposed to plastic which does both.

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Some other perks of switching to glass include:
  • Glass is free of toxic chemicals
  • Glass is dishwasher safe (plastic on the other hand degrades each time it’s washed and heated)
  • Glass preserves the quality and flavor of milk
  • Glass won’t absorb smells or stains like plastic does
  • While plastic will eventually break down, glass can last a life time
  • Glass is 100% recyclable; it will always be raw material for more glass
  • Glass production is less taxing on the environment (less pollution, less use of natural resources)
  • Glass is way better looking than plastic. Glass jars and containers are all the rage now, and with good reason!

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About Stanpac Glass Milk Bottles

I was super thrilled to receive these glass milk bottles from Stanpac, a glass bottle brand I am actually pretty familiar with. They provide the glass milk bottles for two local milk dairies here in the Central Valley, (one of whom I worked close with when I was the manager of the Farmer Market), and the quality is such that customers return, reuse, and keep the bottles for home milk storage.
Here is a little bit about Stanpac from their about us page (CLICK HERE TO VISIT):
For more than 60 years, Stanpac has been manufacturing dairy and beverage packaging for companies located throughout the United States, Canada and many locations worldwide. Back in 1949, Stanpac provided closures for glass milk bottles. Since then, we have continually expanded our product lines with new products and innovations for the ice cream, fluid milk, wine and spirits markets.
The evolution of a great company continues with the introduction of new products, sizes and configurations for an ever changing market. With 7 patents in more than 20 countries, we are recognized by our customers as innovative and customer focused.
We stand for, and pride ourselves on:
An unmatched level of customer service
Fair pricing
Lead times that work for the customer
Customized service for unique needs
Reasonable minimum run quantities
On time delivery

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Stanpac offers a full line of refillable glass milk bottles and tamper evident closures. The designs are cute and retro, fit well in a standard size refrigerator, and lend an air of legitimacy to home expressed milk.. I really wish I had these puppies around when I was milking my two goats every day!
If you do not have your own milking cows or goats, and get your milk by the bottle, try to keep an eye out for glass containers where possible. And if you find them, flip them over and check out the logo on the bottom of the bottle. If it say Stanpac, know that you are good to go with a trusted brand!
[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me initiating contact and incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]

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How do you buy or store your milk? Paper, plastic or glass? Share below!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

28 thoughts on “Going Green with Glass Milk Bottles by Stanpac

  • 10 November, 2016 at 2:47 am
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    I absolutely LOVE the look of these bottles! The nostalgic feel of them, the back to basics common sense of them. Too bad you don’t still have the goats to supply the milk to fill them up!

    • 10 November, 2016 at 5:38 am
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      Yeah, I miss my goats sooooo much! It was so nice to go out and get fresh warm milk every morning and evening. One of these days we will have milking goats again!

    • 10 November, 2016 at 5:38 am
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      Me too! The smaller ones have really nice grips on the sides too.. super nice!

  • 10 November, 2016 at 6:35 am
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    Great post my dear,I learned a lot 🙂

    • 11 November, 2016 at 3:46 am
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      Yay!!! That makes me happy!!! Thanks for stopping by Alice! <3

  • 10 November, 2016 at 9:04 am
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    Great items Really interesting post…thx for sharing! xx

  • 10 November, 2016 at 9:25 am
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    I save all different kinds of glasses for storing nuts, oil, dried fruits, etc. etc. Thanks for sharing, Gingi.

    • 11 November, 2016 at 3:48 am
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      I am a glass hoarder myself, haha. I have an entire cabinet dedicated to mason jars! *blush*

  • 10 November, 2016 at 2:05 pm
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    Pretty, pristine, minimalist, and healthy.

    And a sight to behold!

    • 11 November, 2016 at 3:48 am
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      Pristine!!! That is the word I was searching for when I was writing this post!! I love how pristine glass is! <3 <3 <3

  • 10 November, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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    Glass containers are definitely the way to go. Love those glass bottles and all the different shapes.

    • 11 November, 2016 at 3:49 am
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      Yeah, I love the variety. My personal fav is the quart that is really wide at the bottom with the long thin neck!

  • 11 November, 2016 at 2:48 pm
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    glass is a great material for storage, these look like nice bottles

    • 14 November, 2016 at 5:47 pm
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      Yeah, they really are! Thanks for stopping by sweetie!

  • 11 November, 2016 at 7:07 pm
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    For the most part, we use glass storage because of the reasons you’ve stated, it’s so much better for you overall. For my workout bottle, I use one that has a rubber casing over it, which is awesome for on the go so you don’t break it. I love these bottles, they remind me of the old times when the milk man would deliver. It’s funny, even though it’s from the back in the days, my mom managed to have a company do this in NY when I was younger, which was pretty cool! Anyway, thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have the best weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • 14 November, 2016 at 5:48 pm
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      More and more companies are offering milk delivery these days! Our favorite dairy in Fresno, CA is offering doorstep delivery, but it is $30 per delivery to my area in Visalia, CA.. making it a little impractical for delivery at the moment… but I really would be happy to see this come back!

  • 11 November, 2016 at 10:33 pm
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    I don’t really have another way to get milk than at the store, but in general, I love the use of glass bottles!

    -Lauren

    • 14 November, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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      You should keep an eye out for a dairy that uses glass!

    • 18 November, 2016 at 3:50 pm
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      I recently discovered I am allergic to hemp milk… SAD FACE!

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