You don’t have to be vegetarian or lactose intolerant to prefer plant-based milks - many people opt for these alternative milks as a way to lower their carbon footprint. Plant-based milks are a sustainable option for environmentally-minded drinkers, and homemade versions are even more eco-friendly.
Making your own plant-based milk helps to bypass all those systems pumping more plastic - and Tetra Paks - into the world. Say goodbye to single use plastic cartons! Homemade alt-milk is all about reducing and reusing.
You only need a few simple things to make your own alt-milk, all of which will last you a long time and can be used over and over.
Reusable bags for buying bulk ingredients
Glass jugs or bottles for milk storage
Almond Cow, the ultimate reusable plant-based milk maker - designed specifically to make the process simple, easy, and eco-friendly.
Switching to plant-based milk with a nut milk maker like the Almond Cow helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases entering the environment. For starters, you’re avoiding the plastic pipeline, which has environmental implications from start to finish. You’re also saving energy to actually make your milk. The Almond Cow uses a cold blend cycling system, which takes very little energy to make a cup of milk (0.01 kWh). That’s less energy than it takes to charge a regular smartphone!
How many plastic packages you save with Almond Cow depends on how much you would normally use! But here's an example:
The typical US household uses 23 gallons of milk per year.
Most non-dairy milks come in smaller containers, like ½ gallons, so that's 46 plastic cartons.
Most families using the Almond Cow report using it about 2.5 times a week, which amounts to about 1.5 64-ounce containers/week of plant-based milk.
This means Almond Cow users regularly help keep approximately 80 64-ounce plastic or partially plastic containers out of our landfills or, less likely, recycling centers every year.
At Almond Cow, we know sustainable ingredients are just as important as reducing plastic use. Sustainable farming practices ensure both plants and the soil they’re grown in are healthy, making it possible for us to enjoy these ingredients (and our world) for longer. That’s why we’ve partnered with organic farms and verified our ingredients are non-GMO and free of pesticide residues like glyphosate.
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about how almond milk is bad for bee populations, which is why our almonds come only from bee-friendly farms. Our farmers implement strategies to protect and foster the health of pollinators like bees and their practices have been verified and approved by The Pollinator Partnership. Bees have taken care of our crops and flowers for generations - we oughta be taking care of them, too!