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Long-life cartons

Cartons used for things like milk, juice, stock, etc. are made with a combination of cardboard, plastic and foil, which is incredibly difficult to recycle.

What you can do

Choose to refuse long life cartons

How you can do it

There are usually glass bottle alternatives to cartons of milk, stock, juices, and flavoured milk. Stock and juice can often be quite easily be made yourself at home (and with far less preservatives!).

Some people switch to using milk in powder form, which is packaged in metal tins. Make it up the night before, put it in the fridge, and you’re all set!

Taking the next steps

As well as making your own juice and stocks, people who are handy in the kitchen can also think about making their own nut, oat, and rice milk.

To go one step even further, having a pet goat can help you bypass the need to buy milk at all! Another great things about goats is that they’ll eat many food scraps, helping you cut down on waste even further.

It’s important to get behind campaigns that encourage the government to:

  • Implement extended producer responsibility schemes
  • Make manufacturers be held accountable for their packaging

The impact

  • By refusing long-life cartons, you’re reducing resources sent to landfill
  • Choosing to drink water over cartons of juice and flavoured milk is a great healthy alternative
  • Making your own stock is a great way to use up your veggie scraps, instead of wasting them

More ideas

What others do

Glass of lemonade, bunch of straws and a plastic juice bottle

To find plastic free ideas, take the Plastic Free July challenge

Reusable carry bag, keep cups and bamboo cutlery
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