There are two types of people in this world: those who get their milk in cartons and those who buy milk in plastic bags. While Americans are all in on cardboard milk cartons, or the occasional plastic jugs, throughout the rest of the world—from India and Israel and here at home in Canada—milk is sold in plastic bags.

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Milk sold in a non-resealable plastic bag is no different in makeup or composition than milk sold in a carton or jug. The difference in the form and delivery method has nothing to do with a difference in content, because whether it comes in a plastic bag or a cardboard box, it’s functionally all the same milk.

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There is a whole market for milk bag accessories that’ll prevent a dairy disaster, including milk bag pitchers, milk bag organizers, milk bag holders that look like milk bag pitchers but without a spout, and milk bag openers. 

People use milk bags because they are more eco-friendly. Milk bags are recyclable as long as they’re rinsed out, and milk bags take up significantly less space than a jug or a carton. Milk cartons and jugs are technically recyclable, though according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over 70% of milk jugs are sent to the landfill.

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