Friday, February 5, 2010

'Milk Bag' Video Makes Headlines

Source: The Toronto Star (Summary by NIM)

Sheryl Ng just found out that Americans don't drink milk out of bags. Thanks to her, so did thousands of others, including myself.

As she posted her video, informing novices of the proper procedure in storing, handling and pouring of bagged milk, some viewers were shocked - they had never seen or heard of such a thing. Apparently, outside of Ontario (and some of the east coast), milk bags are not the norm. Jugs and cartons are.

The milk bag first made it's debut in Canada in 1967 to the delight of the local dairy industry who was sick of broken milk bottles. Today, milk bags are not only good for the environment since they are recyclable and use up to 75% less plastic than jugs, but they also boast big savings (both monetary and environmental) in transportation costs. That also translates to more money saved in your pocket.

The outpouring of responses to this video has been astonishing. It's hard to believe that people would get so heated discussing a vehicle for milk storage, however given that milk is such a staple in the North American diet, I guess it makes sense!

Check out the video at the bottom of the article called "So we drink milk out of bags. Does that make us weird?" from the Toronto Star (Feb. 4, 2010).