AN entrepreneur with a lotta bottle is celebrating a first year in business that has gone from strength to strength.
Paul Luke set up his local milk business Ecofresh Dairy, based in Fobbing, after being inspired by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series at the start of 2018 focused on one use plastic waste ending up in oceans around the world.
Paul wanted to offer an alternative to plastic bottle delivery and on the back of a caereer in the dairy industry decided to turn the clock back.
He said: “From when we started the business this year we now have nearly 300 customers across Thurrock and this is growing daily. Social media has helped spread the word and we have also been out at the local shows and carnivals during the year.”
Paul primarily serves Stanford-le-Hope and Corringham and delivers his products from an ‘old school’ 1975 electric milk float and all deliveries are made in returnable pint glass bottles.
“We are delivering as much as possible in these glass bottles to include all grades of milk, various flavour juices and milkshakes. The bottles are used over 50 times each compared to a one use plastic bottle,” says Paul.
Paul is also using the bottles to get his message across. He had a special bottle commissioned carryng the statement “use of plastic is rather drastic, have class buy your milk in glass, delivering all your daily essentials across Thurrock”.
Now a second bottle has been produced to promote the work of the charity foundation Paul also runs, the Bee Kind Foundation. He is using the bottles to promote the upcoming Christmas present appeal.
Paul said “Businesses across Thurrock are now looking at advertising their own businesses on the rear of our bottles, just 2,500 bottles will make 125,000 journeys across Thurrock and be seen in households, fridges and breakfast tables across the borough for years to come.
“Anyone wishing to find out more about regular milk and daily product deliveries can get in touch via our Facebook page Ecofresh Dairy, by calling me on 07759 022229 or via email on [email protected].”