Raw milk : Comes in plastic jugs, or glass jugs for $3/gallon more. Is delivered in refrigerated truck & sits 12-17 hrs max. Worth the extra to avoid plasticizers?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM


I receive raw milk every week and am trying to heal my teeth & overall health/gut health. The first week's milk was a wonderful success, but I drank the 1 gal. I received within 2.5 days.

The raw milk is delivered (presumably fresh from the farm that morning or so) in glass jugs for $13/ gallon or in plastic jugs for $10/gal. It is then driven in a refrigerated truck from dawn 'till midnight, and the delivery window spans that. So, it can be sitting in its container for anywhere from 1-19 hours.

I have 1-2 gal. worth of glass storage for transfer upon delivery. Given a weekly food/small necessity budget of ~$77, and 2.5-3 gal. a week, does the extra $7.50-$9 seem worth it to avoid plastics leaching? Worth attempting to buy some in glass jars and others in plastic to test?

Do plastics leach less when cold/refrigerator temperature?

I've felt ill before when consuming liquids or fats from plastic containers and am a bit worried about the same happening with the milk due to leaching during transport. However, the kefir and heavy cream, which I soured, made into buttermilk & cultured butter, & ate plain, both came in plastic containers (take-out soup-container style; type of plastic is unlisted), and I felt completely fine after consuming them.

Any thoughts? Research into the effects of plasticizers and amounts leached under different stresses?

Any answers or other considerations would be much appreciated.



on July 22, 2013
at 01:06 PM

You're focused too much on tiny details and stressing enough to experience nocebo effects. Chillax a bit (or a lot).

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on July 22, 2013
at 10:44 PM

Are the plastic jugs HDPE ("type 2") plastic? That's the kind of plastic that normal supermarket milk jugs are made of. I have never seen any research, or even any unfounded scaremongering, suggesting that HDPE is capable of leaching harmful chemicals. It's incredibly stable and is even used in the chemical industry for transporting highly reactive chemicals that would damage other plastics.

To be clear, it's not that HDPE supposedly doesn't leak bis a or phthalates, it's that it's not made with plasticizers at all. Plasticizers are often used when you want a plastic product that's thinner, lighter, or more transparent than HDPE.



on July 23, 2013
at 11:10 AM

Would be worth it to me, plus you can reuse the jugs to store things like kombucha or other stuff like emergency water.


on July 23, 2013
at 02:10 PM

We have the same dilemma choosing between:

www.OrganicPastures.com in plastic


www.ClaravaleDairy.com in glass

My ideas:

-budget your milk more closely and drink no more than you may need to get the nutrition you think you need

-stick to your budget and get glass occasionally when you can afford it as long as it doesn't prevent future milk

-transfer your milk to glass when you get and maybe temp it

-experiment with diluting the milk slightly with water for recipes

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