Daily sustainable decisions – the story of homemade almond milk

There are many reasons to avoid dairy. For some it might be due to an allergy, some  prefer the taste of milk alternatives, and others might just be curious. For me, it is both the taste, curiosity, and mostly, the attempt to live more sustainably.

I have talked about how we can all take more sustainable choices as part of my talk at TEDxFreiburg and there seemed to be only one conclusion for me: I should try to adapt a #zerowaste lifestyle. Inspired by many, many bloggers and role models, such as Lauren Singer, or Milena Glimbovski, founder of the package- store  Original Unverpackt  in Berlin, I am ready to try to live a zero waste lifestyle myself.

So, how and where do I start? 

We probably barely ever notice how much of an impact our choices can have. Climate Action is not something occurring on the international political stage, Climate Action is something every single individual can and should contribute to. A lot of little steps add up to that big jump.

So, talking about little steps. What happens with milk in the cereals for breakfast? With milk in our coffee?

Dairy barely comes in glass bottles anymore, nor do any milk alternatives. That, along with being informed that almond milk from the supermarket normally only contains a fraction of an almond, made me consider making my own. And I am fascinated!

It’s so easy! Here comes the recipe…

  • a cup of almonds, soak into water overnight
  • blend soaked and rinsed almonds the next day with 1l of fresh water
  • either: remove the crushed almond pieces with a cloth or strainer
  • or: leave the crushed almond pieces, they’ll drop to the bottom of the jar either way

It really doesn’t take much time, which was an additional argument for me to refrain from buying it at the supermarket. It is a lot more convenient being independent from opening times and sizes of the packages, and making as much almond milk as I consume whenever I need it. Plus: it doesn’t contain any additional and unnecessary ingredients, such as preservatives or added sugar.

Going zerowaste

… is starting well. I was lucky enough to find a local distributor who sold almonds in jars. I guess it is all a matter of trying, of creating new habits, of learning, and of understanding that the seemingly easier way might not always be the easiest or best choice.

Making your own almond milk comes along with many benefits and I hope you are curious to try it yourself! 🙂

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post! LOL in Canada milk comes in plastic bags!!! Ugh it’s honestly the worst! I don’t even like milk so I just don’t drink it.


    1. Ariane Vera says:

      Hey! Thank you for your comment – yes, milk doesn’t belong into a plastic bag, completely agree! 🙂 Hope you have fun trying out to make your own almond milk! 🙂


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