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The concept appears to be very clever - save money on packaging and therefore reduce the cost of production.It is heralded as saving 75% of costs due to eliminating the expensive plastic bottle and using a reusable jug.However the implementation is a disaster as the internal spiked funnel inside is too short and the control of the flow of milk is lost. It will therefore pour out randomly and make a complete mess on your worksurface. In summation this is a disaster of a product which pours milk all over the surface surrounding the cup you are aiming at.This is clearly an example of product design without adequate testing. Tesco should hang its head in shame.
We have been trying to recycle a lot more in our household,partly because of being in a flat and not wanting to take smelly rubbish downstairs every single day. It's mainly for this reason that we were attracted by the Jugit Milk Jug. We received ours for free when we purchased 2 of the 2 pint milk bags quite a while ago now and it's one of those products we've just been using on and off. The milk bags for this are available in Sainsburys stores (amongst others) with whole and semi-skimmed 2 pint bags available for 85p or 3 for £2.00 at present, May 2011.
This milk jug is very simple to set up. It has a paper lining inside that tells you what the product is and how to use the milk bags with it. Also inside the jug is the handle of the jug and you just line this up on one side of the jug and click it in to place by sliding it. The handle is very sturdy and will stay in place with no problems at all. This jug comes in different colours now and the one that we have is a light blue which is quite nice and looks good in my fridge. Fitting the milk bags is quite simple, you just need to push a bag down inside the jug, pull the corner of the milk bag over the edge of the jug and then there is a clip to left, place against the edge of the milk bag and click in to place. It takes just a few seconds to do and is really not very complicated at all. The milk bag will be held in place and won't spill out when you're trying to use this. To pierce the bag you just need to use the lid which has a hole for pouring out the milk. When you put the lid back on to the jug it'll make a hole in the milk bag and it's all ready to use. There is no cutting or pouring involved which is what I was worrying about when purchasing this product. When you've finished with the milk bag it's very simple to just remove the empty plastic bag and then replace it with a new fresh one. I've found it easy to keep a stockpile of these bags by purchasing them and putting some in the freezer for when I need them.
I'm very pleased with this jug, it's easy to use and the milk bags are pretty easy to store. I have found using this very simple, it's easy to see when the milk bag is running low and because the jug is nice and clear I'm able to see the expiration date of the milk as well as the nutritional information. The jug is very easy to keep clean and hygienic and I just give it a wipe out when I change the milk bag to ensure it stays clean and fresh. Overall I've found this a fantastic way to cut down on the amount of waste we have and it also means I can store the milk bags in the freezer and because of the design they take up less space than a 2 pint bottle as I can manipulate the space in the freezer and ensure I cram in as much as possible. The jug works very well in our household, it doesn't spill milk everywhere which often happens with a larger bottle of milk because I have quite shaky hands. This obviously cuts down on the amount of time I spend wiping the sides down every time I make a cup of tea. Overall this is a fantastic jug, it works well and does the job it's designed for very well.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these jugs you can purchase one from Sainsburys for £1.98 but these do go on special offer quite often and sometimes you can even get one of these free depending on the amount of milk bags you use.
With todays growing awareness of the many issues surrounding sustainability and household waste, The JUG IT milk jug seems to be a very good idea. But that's where my praise of it ends. My wife bought one of these things and it drives me up the wall. After clamping the milk bag into the jug as per the instructions, the lid closes thus automatically piercing into the milk bag. The problem is the pointed spout then continues to pierce out through the the other side of it. The result is a jug that when poured, spills milk all over the work surface, the floor and everything else in the vicinity . . . . (yes I AM crying over spilt milk!!). Please could somebody sort this problem out and refine this great idea into a great finished product. The Canadians have had something similar for years, lets ask them how to do it!!
Everyone seems to be really into the whole recycling thing at the moment, and I think it's definitely a good thing. After all, it doesn't take much to sort out your cardboard, cans, glass and plastic into the right boxes once every few weeks, and I think it's great so many people make the effort. Manufacturers have also been cutting on packaging waste, and this has led to the milk industry considering their part too. Consequently, they have brought in the 'Jug It' milk jug and milk bags to replace the plastic cartons that are currently used for selling milk. I was intrigued and after seeing it on special offer, I decided to give it a go.
'Jug It' milk jug and milk bags are currently available only from Sainsburys, Tesco and Ocado.com, but I hope once they see how successful the product has been, they'll roll it out to other leading supermarkets too. Sainsburys has had it a while now, must be a few months, but I got mine from Tesco last week and have been really pleased. The jug was down to just 99p on an introductory offer (normally £1.99) and the milk bags were just 40p for 2 pints (usually 80p for 2 pints)... amazing value. I decided I couldn't go wrong for just £1.39 and stuck the two in my trolley. When I got I unpacked the jug and milk bag ready to use, and hoped it wouldn't be too complicated!
The handle of the jug is inside the jug itself and this is really easy to put on. Simply line up the handle with the correct side of the jug and slide on until you hear a click. Once it's on, it won't move and is really sturdy so no fears of it falling off which is great. The lid and handle are both light blue plastic, so look nice and fresh and clean which is good. The jug is just clear plastic so you can see your milk bag inside. There is a brown piece of paper inside (much like in the picture) and on this are your instructions for how to use the milk bag inside the jug. Before reading, I wasn't sure how it would work but soon all became clear.
I was worried you'd have to cut the bag and pour the milk in or something awful like that, but luckily it is completely mess free and quite idiot proof (luckily for me anyway). Simply push the milk bag down into the jug as far as it will go, you might have to give it a push to ensure a snug fit. Once that's done, pull the uppermost corner (opposite to the handle side) over the edge of the jug. There's a light blue clip there you have to lift up, put down the edge of the milk bag and press the clip down again hard. This locks the milk bag into place and makes sure it won't slosh about everywhere when you go to pour.
The next stage is the spout. You will see on the top there is a round lid which is where the hole for pouring out your milk is located. Underneath that is a long light blue plastic spout. As you push the lid down onto the jug, this spout will pierce the milk bag at the top and create the hole for your milk to come out of. That's it - no mess, no fuss, no having to touch the milk or anything, done. I got a cup and opened up the lid ready to pour the milk and it worked perfectly. It's a steady stream of milk, is drip free in terms of pouring and a clean and hygenic way to store your milk. When your bag is empty, just open the lid, lift the clip and remove the milk bag and put it into the recycling, rinse out the spout and pourer, put it back together and start again!
I am really impressed with this product and would definitely recommend that if you can get hold of it, to give it a go. At the moment, you can only buy semi-skimmed milk for the milk jug but as this is what I drink at home, it's fine by me. Harry still has blue milk in the carton but I hope once the product grows in popularity they will make milk bags of the other milks too. The beauty of the jug being clear means you can see how much milk is left in your milk bag before you have to change it, and all the nutritional information is on the bag so you can read that too with ease. I think it's a great concept and judging by the amount of people buying them in Tesco the other day, it looks to be popular too. It's a great idea to cut down on the amount of plastic used in making milk cartons, and saves 75% on waste from a usual carton which is fantastic. Give it a go!
For more information on Jug It, you can visit their website: http://www.jugit.co.uk/
Thanks for reading!