Experts Tell Us the Best Environmentally Friendly Milk Alternative

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Environmentally Friendly Milk Alternative. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Edensoy Unsweetened Eden Organic Soymilk

This product was recommended by Anja Wolf from I Love Cookware

We all know that oat milk has been at the forefront of the plant based milk movement for over 5 years now, however soy milk is still a runner up to a great choice for an environmentally friendly plant milk. The thing about soy is you need to make sure you are buying it from an organic company that does not use GMO’s for the production. Soy is much more environmentally friendly than almond milk, so yes, the dream of the 90’s is alive in soy milk! Soy plants fix nitrogen in the soil, which allows you to use less fertilizers and have better soil for crop rotation! And since we were on the topic of the 90’s why not go with a tried and true brand like EdenSoy! Non GMO and organic!

Thai Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk

This product was recommended by Steve Anderson from Junk-Yard-Near-Me

Coconut milk is a high-calorie food due to its high saturated fat content. Vitamins and minerals abound in milk, but the nutritional value varies depending on the brand. Use a coconut milk base for a Thai-inspired soup and add soup broth, vegetables, and curry powder.

Califia Farms Oat Milk

This product was recommended by Steve Anderson from Junk-Yard-Near-Me

It steams wonderfully, pairs well with coffee, and is delicious on its own. Gluten-free whole rolled oats are cultivated in North America. Unsweetened. Ready to Consume There are no gums or stabilizers. It Contains no nuts, allergens, or soy and is non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, kosher, and shelf-stable.

Silk Shelf-Stable Almond Milk

This product was recommended by Steve Anderson from Junk-Yard-Near-Me

It can be used in baking recipes, coffee, or alone. It comes in specific packaging for nonrefrigerated storage. No added sugar, soy, gluten, eggs, or MSG. 50 percent more calcium than dairy milk*; high in vitamin E; low in cholesterol; 0g saturated fat per serving; only 30 calories per serving. No artificial colors are used in it.

Augason Farms Morning Moo’s Low Fat Milk

This product was recommended by Steve Anderson from Junk-Yard-Near-Me

Morning Moo’s Low Fat Milk Alternative is a whey-based beverage that can be used regularly or as part of an emergency food supply. It has the appearance and flavor of fresh milk, is high in calcium, and is vitamin-fortified. Morning Moo’s can also be used as a light cream substitute by using half the water advised. Morning Moo’s has a 25-year shelf life, perfect for everyday usage or long-term food preservation. This is a must-have in an emergency: it’s lightweight and has all your food storage requirements.

Califia Farms Barista Blend Almond Milk

This product was recommended by Kieran MacRae from Above Average Coffee

The Califia Farms Barista Blend Almond Milk is the only environmentally friendly milk you need if you’re making espresso at home. Foaming non-dairy milks has always been an issue because they just don’t have the same consistency as cows milk. But Califia farms have performed some witch craft that has meant that their almond milk, and their oat milk for that matter, stretch out like cow milk and make beautiful lattes. The almonds are grown right here in the USA not shipped from abroad lowering the carbon footprint, and it’s from a third-generation family farm. It doesn’t get more eco-friendly or ethical than that. Plus it’s got long shelf life so you don’t need to keep it refrigerated and it won’t spoil leading to unnecessary waste. If you’re a coffee lover then this is the only milk choice you need at home.

Unsweetened Milked Hazelnuts

This product was recommended by Lisa Odenweller from Kroma Wellness

All milk alternatives have an impact on the environment but hazelnut milk has the least egregious effect. The crop requires little water, no pesticides and can thrive in harsh conditions. As long as there are checks and balances, hazelnut trees can be grown to add nutrients to the environment rather than taking it away. In fact the Arbor Day Foundation found that hazelnut crops act as a natural biofilter that protects aquatic environments from polluted surface runoff and erosion.

MALK Organic Almond and Oat Milk

This product was recommended by Bianca Trembley from The Best Calgary

MALK offers a small variety of almond and oat-based milks born out of this simple principle. Both their original almond and original oat flavours contain only three ingredients: almonds or oats, water, and pink sea salt. For simple, tasty plant-based milk made from organic whole-food ingredients, MALK is the only way to go.

Milkadamia Macadamia Nut Milk

This product was recommended by Madilyn Hill from TruePersonFinder Inc.

Bring the creamy goodness of macadamia milk. It provides only 50 calories per serving. Milkadamia is plant-based, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, sugar-free, and dairy-free milk, suitable for vegan or lactose-intolerant people. This unroasted macadamia is of the highest quality. It contains macadamia milk, calcium phosphate, natural flours, locust bean gum, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum, vitamin A, vitamin D2, and vitamin B12. It is perfect for coffee, soup, smoothie tea, baking, and drinking. It provides more calcium than regular milk.

Ripple Non-Dairy Milk

This product was recommended by Bianca Trembley from The Best Calgary

This isn’t just milk with a spoonful of chalky pea-based protein powder added. This is deliciously creamy, drinkable plant-based milk that has enough protein content to power you through your day. Not only do Ripple milks capture the texture of traditional milk, but they do it with less sugar and fewer calories while containing about eight times as many grams of protein as almond milk.

West Soy Organic Soymilk

This product was recommended by Bianca Trembley from The Best Calgary

Westsoy Soymilk is the heart of soy. It’s deliciously nutritious and heart smart. It is made with organic whole soybeans with no added sweeteners.


This product was recommended by Bianca Trembley from The Best Calgary

So Delicious has been bringing you dairy-free deliciousness, decadent frozen desserts, melty cheese alternatives, creamy yoghurt alternatives, smooth plant-based beverages and flavorful coffee creamers for over 30 years.

Silk Shelf-Stable Almond Milk

This product was recommended by Stella Cooper from PaydayLoansUK

This unsweetened vanilla almond milk is the best alternative to milk. Vanilla flavor milk tastes good with baking recipes, mix it with coffee, or drink it as it is. It comes in convenient packaging for safety, and it doesn’t lose its property without refrigeration. This vegan, ready-to-drink milk is free from dairy, lactose, casein, sugar, soy, gluten, eggs, or msg. This delicious shelf-stable milk also provides nutrition such as calcium, vitamin E, and vitamin D.

Good Karma Unsweetened Flaxmilk

This product was recommended by Rousseau Vestal from Find The Aisle

Flaxmilk +Protein has a neutral flavour that won’t dominate your sweet or savoury dishes. Ideal for pre- and post-workout, as well as anytime in between. There are no nuts, dairy, soy, lactose, or gluten in this superfood milk substitute. Non-GMO Project Verified and Vegan Certified. This Unsweetened Flaxmilk With Protein is a creamy, neutral-tasting plant-based milk substitute to help you get through the day.

Elmhurst Oat Barista Edition

This product was recommended by Bonnie Fisher from Better World Apparel

Easily one of the best alternative milk brands on the market is Elmhurst. Because all their milks are made using HydroRelease, every one of them is free from emulsifiers, preservatives, and other additives common in plant-based milks. And the taste is creamier and true to the natural nuttiness of the ingredients inside.

Orgain Organic Plant-Based Protein Almond Milk

This product was recommended by Maria Saenz from FastTitleLoans

Orgain is delicious, plant-based, unsweetened milk. This vanilla almond milk provides 80 calories per serving. The pack contains 6 containers of (32oz) almond milk and comes in eco-friendly packaging. Orgain is free from flavors, colors, preservatives, gluten, soy, sugar, kosher, and non-GMO. It is a perfect alternative to dairy milk, suitable for lactose intolerant and vegan people. Orgain is also a good source of calcium and vitamin D. This vanilla flavor almond milk is great for baking, cooking, smoothie, and coffee preparation.

Ripple Vegan Protein Shake

This product was recommended by Emma Gordon from USSalvageYards

Ripple Protein shake is a pea milk and it’s is a plant based diet that helps the planet. Because it’s a leguminous plant, peas fix nitrogen into the soil, reducing the need for nitrogen fertilizers, and require less water than many other crops. It is high in protein which it’s production will require less pesticide use.

Almond Breeze Dairy Free Almondmilk

This product was recommended by Theola Tinny from VinPit

The best environmentally friendly milk alternative that I use is Almond milk. It has more calcium than cow’s milk and is easy to digest. I just discovered it a year ago, and have been using it ever since; replacing dairy milk in my coffee, cereal and for cooking. I have tried Soy milk before, but it didn’t work very well for me. My biggest complaint about Soy milk is that it doesn’t taste good in hot chocolate or coffee – too watery! Almond milk however tastes great. The one thing I would say about Almond milk is that it doesn’t sweeten as much as other milk, so if you want sweetening in your drinks, then think about Soy milk.

Pacific Foods Ultra Soy Non-Dairy Milk

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

Soy milk is the most popular type of plant-based milk, and for good reason. It’s creamy, versatile, and relatively inexpensive. Before oat milk, hemp milk and other non-dairy milk got popular, soy milk was the only vegan milk alternative in most grocery stores. Also, it is low-fat and free of lactose, gluten, and cholesterol. Pacific Foods Ultra Soy is also certified organic and GMO-free. If you’re looking for soy milk that’s as close to dairy milk as possible, Pacific Foods Ultra Soy is the way to go. It’s creamy and rich, with a slightly nutty flavour. It’s also fortified with calcium and vitamin D, making it an excellent choice for those who are looking for a nutrient-rich non-dairy milk alternative.

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