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Hairyloon

Bottles.

Can anyone recommend a supplier of bottles?
I've emailed some results of a google, and am waiting on replies, but you can't beat personal recommendations.
Nell Merionwen

http://www.dormex.co.uk/
http://www.naturallythinking.com/categories/Bottles-%26-Jars/

I have other suppliers but they are cosmetic packaging suppliers. I'm guessing that is not what you need.
sgt.colon

Bought lots from these guys and only ever have one broken jar.

http://www.bottlecompanysouth.co.uk/
Hairyloon

Thank you.
I'm sorry, my reply is sounding very ungrateful. It is not meant that way, I am just thinking aloud... Embarassed
http://www.dormex.co.uk/

I don't like websites than don't give prices: the Golden rule of shopping: if you have to ask, then you can't afford it.
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http://www.naturallythinking.com/categories/Bottles-%26-Jars/

Starting at about 50p/bottle. Makes you wonder why bottles are not more readily re-used... as if I wasn't wondering that already.
Presumably they're substantially cheaper if you buy several million, but does make you wonder how much we're spending on packaging.
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I have other suppliers but they are cosmetic packaging suppliers. I'm guessing that is not what you need.

Well, I was wondering about refining, and I'd read that that involves removing the free fatty acids... which I guess you can do by turning them into soap? Wink
Hairyloon

Well, since I seem to have offended everyone who was trying to help (and sorry again for that), shall we come back to the point which caused me to do so?

Why is it that there is so little re-use of bottles these days?
We used to do it: when i were a lad, you could get 10p back on your pop bottles, and I understand that other countries manage to do it.
I had assumed that bottles were so cheap to make that it just isn't economical to clean them properly, but if they cost 50p each, then your minimum wage lacky only has to do more than 12 per hour and you are into savings: that's almost 5 minutes per bottle...
Mistress Rose

With the demise of the corner shop it is difficult for supermarkets to collect bottles; you know people would put them in the wrong crate, break them etc. Add to that the transport costs of getting all the bottles back to a depot, and the economics don't look so good.

Used to work well when the roundsman could collect when he delivered the next lot of Corona, milkman the milk bottles, or you took them back to the corner shop, but the price of fuel to transport them around now is a lot higher, and no supply chain in place any more.

I agree it would be a good idea, and I do try to take jars/punnets and other things back to small shops and farmers market stalls when I think they can re-use them, but I am just one.
DorsetScott

My wine bottles (and most of my colleagues) always get refilled. With more wine. Smile
Mistress Rose

I save screw top wine bottles for my own brews. Plastic milk bottles, when cut down also make good jugs for wax melting we have found.
Hairyloon

http://www.dormex.co.uk/

I don't like websites than don't give prices: the Golden rule of shopping: if you have to ask, then you can't afford it.
Ok, perhaps it is more of a guideline that a rule: he got back to me at 15 for 100 (1 litre bottles).
So thank you again for the pointer.
Hairyloon

http://www.dormex.co.uk/
I don't like websites than don't give prices: the Golden rule of shopping: if you have to ask, then you can't afford it.
Ok, perhaps it is more of a guideline that a rule: he got back to me at 15 for 100 (1 litre bottles)...
Except they are rubbish bottles. Never trust a salesman. Sad
Rob R

I don't like adverts that don't have prices, but if it were a supplier of this kind I'd assume that it means that whatever the price is, there is room for haggling.

I'd definitely go for samples though, and if they won't supply one, particularly if you offer to pay their costs, don't bother with a larger order. I did this with sheeps wool insulation boxes - a tenner was expensive for one box, but cheap compared to having 50 to use up.
Hairyloon

Good advise. Other good advice is to tell the supplier what you want it for: you can't complain they're not fit for purpose if you haven't said what was the purpose. Embarassed Rob R

Laughing Hairyloon

I was thinking they'll probably do for the "no frills" range. Wink
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