Almond milk is made of, well, almond (and cane sugar), making it one of the most popular vegan milk products in the market right now. Its packaging, by Silk, is impressively as sustainable. The paperboard cartons are recyclable (instructions printed on the pack) and the materials are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance (read more about these certifications below). In short, Silk almond milk looks to be a strong contender in our sustainability rating.
You may have heard that almonds take up a lot of water use - you are right. Compared to other vegan milk alternatives (rice, soy, and oat), almonds consume the highest amount of water (80L of water for 200ml of almond milk). Silk knows that, and the company is trying to offset the water used to grow almonds by investing in a groundwater program in a drought-stricken California and donating to restoration work in the Colorado River. Although the company cannot change the fact that almonds require a vast amount of water use, Silk is actively compensating for it through environmental philanthropic initiatives.
It is also worth noting that plant-based milk, almond or not, is already incredibly sustainable compared to dairy milk. Independent research shows that almonds take 80% less water than dairy to produce the same 200ml of milk. Because of which, as long as you go plant-based, you can never go wrong.
Silk is America’s number one plant-based beverage brand. The company commits to a high standard of sustainability (as apparent throughout this review) via its production, recycling efforts, and bee-conservation program. Don’t worry, the last one surprises me too! Silk boasts that it built a 25-mile of native California hedgerow plants to protect bees and other pollinators. However, I would advise taking this piece of information with caution since I could not find any external source supporting Silk’s claim.
Regardless, Silk is nationally renowned for its sustainability work. I trust that the company puts their money where their mouth is.