Does anyone know how they used to sell orange squash before plastic bottles were invented? (Or perhaps no-one did?)
And if there was a ban on disposable plastic, how would orange squash be sold? In cans perhaps?
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A lovely question!
I can remember when there were no plastic bottles. Glass - made from one of our most common minerals - quartz, is not likely to run out, and is fully recyclable. I still get my milk in glass bottles which are collected by the milkman washed out and used again, with almost zero energy use; not even in transport as they are collected during the delivery. When I was a child all glass bottles could be taken back to the shop for which we received the princely sum of one old penny. Those were the days when humanity thought of a future.
If I remember rightly orange squash was always concentrated. You added water, and a glass bottle lasted for weeks. There was also lemon barley water. Fizzy drinks in glass bottles had rounded stoppers that were hinged into place with wires. When you flicked them up the gas came out.(this was obviously for safety, because if the stopper was not attached kids could aim the bottle at each other and shake it). There was fizzy lemon, ginger beer, and dandelion and burdock. I don't remember fizzy orange. It might have been there but I preferred the others. I have taken recently to buying fizzy apple and ginger beer in ring pull cans, which of course include fizzy or sparkling orange. They are only small though. I don't know why they don't make a larger size.
Some common brands in the UK used glass within the last couple of decades; a few still do, but call themselves "cordial". I recall plastic caps on some, and metal caps on other brands.
In France the equivalent (more of a syrup) is often sold in metal bottles - like 1 litre cans with plastic lids. I'm not sure whether they're steel or aluminium, and don't have one to test.