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This Victorian Organic Dairy Is Running A Crowdfunding Campaign To Ditch Plastic Cartons Altogether

By Ben Tyers - 28 Aug 2018

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The tide is certainly starting to turn on the whole single-use plastic scenario, Coles and Woolworths have ditched the grey bags, retailers around the country are banning plastic straws, and it looks as though some producers are looking at options to ditch plastic in their supply chain altogether—which can only be a good thing.

Schulz Organic Dairy in Timboon is looking to lead the change in this regard.

What basically is a return to the methods of old, Schulz Organic Dairy are looking to reduce plastic waste as they raise funds to purchase equipment required to package more of their milk in glass bottles.

They’ve just kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to help them raise the cash to buy the equipment—the project has the potential to remove around 20 tonnes of single-use plastic waste out of the system each year.

At the moment you can get your hands on Schulz hand-filled glass bottles at Farmers Markets around the state, but to do it on a large scale they’re going to need help from machine over man.

The best part about the whole process is that these glass bottles can, and will, be reused. Milk retailers have committed to selling Schulz’ milk in glass bottles, and acting as a collection point for those returning the bottles for a $2 deposit refund.

Perks for supporting the Pozible crowdfunding campaign include a kiss from Brünnhilde—their cow mascot—for $10, naming a calf for $500, plus many more that can be checked out here.

To help raise even more money, legendary Victorian chefs Shannon Bennett (Vue de Monde), and Dan Hunter (Brae) are helping the Schulz team fight the good fight by putting up money-can’t-buy experiences in a silent auction.

The silent auction is currently underway and finishes at 6pm on Wednesday 29 August. Register and bid here. But the crowdfunding campaign will run until midnight Friday.

The experiences on offer are:

  1. The opportunity for you and 5 friends to spend a morning at Vue de Monde with the team in your very own monogrammed chefs whites. The reserve is set at $3,500.
  2. An overnight experience for 2 at Brae. You’ll get a night’s accommodation, dinner with matched wines, and breakfast the morning after along with a copy of Dan’s book. Reserve is set at $1,900.
  3. Spend the morning with 5 mates at Iki-jime in your own monogrammed chefs whites along with tucking into their chef’s tasting menu with matched wines. Reserve is $1,400.

If you’re keen to take part in the silent auction, all of the rules and conditions can be found here.

Again, to help Schulz on their quest to purchase glass bottling equipment you can support their Pozible campaign.

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Image credit: Schulz Organic Dairy

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