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Reusable Glass Bottles

We offer our Organic, Cream-Top Milk in reusable glass bottles

It was the idea from the very beginning to put our family farm's certified Organic, Cream-Top Milk in reusable glass bottles and Straus Family Creamery has been bottling like this since 1994. Each glass bottle has a $2.00 deposit that is refunded when the rinsed bottle is returned to the store. The bottles are then returned to the creamery, washed, sanitized and reused an average of 4-6 times before re-entering the recycling stream. The bottles themselves are made with up to 50% recycled glass.

We are very pleased to see a return rate of more than 80% on our bottles. This is great for the environment because it keeps waste out of landfills. But that’s not the only advantage of using glass bottles. We think that milk poured from glass containers simply tastes better than milk that has been stored in plastic or paperboard cartons. The full, rich flavor of our Organic Milk is best preserved in glass.

Our glass bottles feature artwork by Albert Straus’ mother Ellen Straus and other local landscape artists. The half-gallon, quart, and pint-sized bottles are quite popular among our customers. Many bottles find new uses as flower vases in restaurants and homes. Our squat shaped, pint-sized bottle is so appealing that wedding planners routinely request them for use as bud vases.


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