Why do you choose to package in paperboard cartons?
We use plastic coated paperboard milk cartons because we believe they protect milk’s goodness better than other packages. The flavor of milk is affected both by light and its container. In addition, paper is a renewable resource and eight half-gallon paperboard containers require as much petroleum-based material as one half gallon plastic milk jug. We considered using clear glass containers, but milk is oxidized by light which adversely affects the flavor. Lastly, the cost and waste produced by distributing, returning, and cleaning glass containers is much greater than our current lightweight biodegradable cartons.
Why don't you add a screw top lid to your cartons?
At Snowville Creamery we prioritize the quality and freshness of our milk first, and the value we deliver to our customers in doing so a close second with an overriding core philosophy to maintain the principles and values of sustainability and waste-minimization in everything we do. Adding a spout to our containers would involve capital and recurring costs which would end up adding about 10-15% to the shelf price of our milk. To put it simply, we do not believe this extra cost translates to equivalent value to our customers. If we were to raise our prices, we would rather it be necessitated by increased direct cost of production; for example, going directly to the dairy farmer in the case of a drought, or to cover elevated distribution costs when fuel prices go up. In addition, one of the reasons we choose paper cartons for our milk products is because paper is a renewable resource. Adding a plastic screw top would only add additional fossil fuel petroleum-based plastics and total packaging waste to the environment.
What type of plastic lines Snowville Creamery paperboard cartons?
The plastic that lines our cartons is made of LDPE or low density polyethylene. There are no BPA (Bisphenol A) compounds associated with polyethylenes. This plastic allows our cartons to be recycled in most areas.
How do I shake the milk carton without spilling?
We say “shake before enjoying”, and the best way to give it a good shaking is before the carton is opened for the very first time in your kitchen. After that, the best way to stir up the contents, whether cream on the top or cocoa on the bottom, is by pinching the top closed at its center and swirl the container so that the bottom swings out in a circular motion while the top stays as stationary as possible. This technique should keep the milk from splashing out the opened top - if you vigorously shake the milk in an up-down motion spillage is very difficult to contain under any scenario. For people who do prefer to more vigorously shake our milk each time it is used, our suggestion would be to simply pour it into a separate reusable container with a re-sealable lid. Here is an example of a generic half-gallon glass container commonly available at large grocery and houseware stores at a reasonable price.