Friday, June 05, 2009

Remember the milk carton

Amul Lite & Nestle LiteI use Nestle milk's Tetrapak carton which I think is not very user friendly. Its coz I have to cut open the corner of the brick shaped carton to make a hole which not only makes the milk leak and overflow but also forced to be stored in an opened condition. The same is the case with Amul Taaza milk. Nandini Good Life milk pack comes in a very basic Tetra Fino package and hence cant be kept upright. I wonder why cant Indian milk cartons be made like the typical gable top milk cartons like we get abroad.

Gable top packsA gable top milk carton is a peak shaped smart packaging design marvel which can be pulled from one side of the tip to make a pout kind of opening. This not only helps pouring the milk properly without overflowing or leaking but also can be retracted back to close and store. Tetra Pak has an advanced version of this with a cap called the Tetra Rex.

LeakageIs it a cost cutting technique thats making the companies get milk packed in a simple Tetra Brik package and not a gable top milk carton? A more expensive Amul Lite comes in brick shape but has a flip open top which is again not as usable as the gable top carton. I think the people who go for carton milk wouldn't mind paying a little extra for it to be a little more usable. Or atleast make it like the Tropicana juice pack (Indian) which is brick shaped but with a capped opening. Are Nestle/Amul/Nandini listening?


Ashok said...

I detest tetra packs of all sorts, but for a different reason!

For years I was very proud of the low-carbon-footprint methods we have been using in India to distribute milk, compared to disgusting overindulgant wasteful ways of the west where the billions of cartons clogging the landfill sites and countryside.

Bring back reusable milk bottles, or how about milk fountains where one can fill up their own bottles or whatever?

Rant over.


Unknown said...

@Ashok The reason behind me buying milk carton is coz it can be stored over a longer period. The other packet paal gets spoilt in a day's time. And i use only a dash of milk for my morning tea. You do have a valid point but i think the polythene packets are more dangerous that the cartons. And milk bottles i India will be risky. At least the packets i think cant be re used. :-) May be in firang land like yours, the bottles will work.

Ashok said...

Processed (pasteurized) milk can last from weeks to months, depending on the pasteurization technique (heat, pressure etc). i am not sure if the 'packet milk' is pasteurized or not, but yeah, it does go off quick. On the other hand, there's a whole debate about the quality of the milk with respect to how pasteurization affects the taste and/or vitamin content etc.

By 'we have been using in India' I was referring to someone in the neighborhood (or milkman) bringing milk in a tumbler to your door. I was not talking about the 'packet milk'. Anyway, unfortunately even the most forward thinking nations are not going back to milk bottles, and I just can't imagine why (I am sure there's a good reason).


Mahesh Shantaram said...

Damn, I was going to say the exact same thing that Ashok said above.

This is a serious enough issue given how important milk is in our Indian diet and how many households in a city are throwing away milk packets everyday. Sigh. The price we pay for being an economic superpower.

When I lived in the US, I was appalled by the number of ways personal convenience translates to slow and irreversible environmental disaster. India is definitely going that way, but we can change our thinking at the individual level.

Meera said...

The Aavin or Nandini milk packets can be recycled.
But tetrapack - being a combination of paper/plastic cannot be recycled! They are sometime reused by flattening & cutting them round for use & throw party plates.

Therefore plastic covers are relatively better?

I guess the bottles went out of fashion because they could break and there was a logistical collection problem. In fact the flavoured milk bottles you get now are rarely recycled/reused!


Anonymous said...

All milk packaged is homogenized and pastuerized. ESL (Extended Shelf Life) milk is processed @ 280 degrees and depending upon the packaging will last from 3 to 6 months. Aseptically packaged milk will last 6 month unrefrigerated. This is packaged in a completely sterile invironment with positive air pressure so that absolutely no outside contaminates may enter the filling zone. Yohoo, Horizon Organic milks and other prisma packed milks are very safe and do not have to be refrigerated to keep them safe.