How American Technology was Reflected in Milk Cartons
We all know the basic milk containers: paper cartons, plastic jugs, the occasional glass bottle. What we don't know, is how looking at their development tells us a thing or two about American history.
The square-shaped, flat-bottomed milk carton: It has always worked for me, even if I haven't entirely mastered the pinching-pulling motion required to open the top, and often mutilate the carton's spout.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I traveled to Uruguay and discovered that its milk only comes in plastic bags. Non-resealable ones! Ones you cut open at the corner! So that after you use the bag for the first time, it flops around the refrigerator, spilling unpasteurized milk all over the apartment!