Bags, eh?

By Meghan Overdeep
January 4, 2019
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Our neighbors to the north have their own way of doing things, don’t you know? Not only do they call their dollar coins loonies, put cheese curds on their French fries and eat ketchup chips, they also sell their milk in plastic bags.

Bags, eh?

That’s right.

According to FoodNetwork.ca, Canadians have been drinking bagged milk since the late 1960s. Similar to the U.S., Canadian milk was packaged in glass bottles until 1967, when DuPont introduced their thin plastic milk bags to the market. The unlikely vessels proved more cost-efficient than glass bottles, and when Canada converted to the metric system in 1970 it was easier to convert to measurements in bag-form than to manufacture new bottles.

Today, more than five decades later, Canadians in Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritimes are still drinking their milk from plastic bags. The reason? Easy. It’s cheaper.

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FoodNetwork.ca reports that an estimated 75 to 80% of the milk sold in Ontario is bagged, and across Canada, about 50% of milk drinkers buy it in bags. And Canada isn’t alone. Milk is sold in bags throughout the world, including in South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, Hungary, and China.

That’s a lot of bags, eh?

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