Which ‘Milk’ is Best for my Coffee (and the Environment)?
Daily Coffee News compared dairy, nut, soy, hemp and grain milks, to find out. Here we summarise the full article, but it’s worth reading the original article to find out more.
“Making eco-conscious choices at the shops can be tricky when we’re presented with so many options, especially when it comes to milk. Should we buy plant-based milk, or dairy?”
“Dairy has the biggest environmental footprint, by far. Any plant-based milk, be it made from beans, nuts or seeds, has a lighter impact than dairy when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the use of water and land.
“Milk can be made from almost any nuts, but almond, hazelnut and coconut are proving popular. Not only do nut milks generally require smaller land areas, the trees they grow on absorb carbon and, at the end of their life, produce useful woody biomass.”
“Generally, the environmental performance of coconut milk is good – coconut trees use small amounts of water and absorb carbon dioxide. Yet as coconuts are grown only in tropical areas, the industrial production of this milk can destroy wildlife habitat. Increasing global demand for coconut milk is likely to put further pressure on the environment and wildlife, and deepen these conflicts.”