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Leading Vegan ‘Make Your Milk At Home’ Product Smashes Sales Targets

Milky Plant's growing waitlist indicates that many of the public are ready to ditch dairy

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Milky Plant, the all-in-one device making it easier to mix your own plant milk at home, is proving even more popular than expected as pre-orders skyrocket.

With a waitlist of 3,200 and counting, the duo behind Milky Plant—founders Nadina and Michael—have raised well over £340,000 to produce their “plant-based milk machine.”

By streamlining the plant milk-making process, they hope to encourage more people to try producing their own at home. In fact, the Milky Plant machine could potentially be the household appliance of the future; as ubiquitous in 2030 as toasters and microwave ovens.

With a sleek, white and chrome outer shell and a curved, top-heavy design, the Milky Plant device already looks the part. You simply add nuts, seeds, or plants of your choice, and with the push of a button, blend and pour a glass of milk in less than three minutes.

There are tons of different ideas and recipes for dairy-free milk out there, and you can even use the leftover pulp to make something else entirely. The Milky Plant means that you can choose exactly what you want to include, and with none of the harmful packaging of store-bought.

“You are in control of your ingredients. You know exactly what goes into your drink,” Nadina and Michael told Plant Based News.

The vegan Milky Plant device beside a bottle of vegan milk and a plate of almonds
Milky Plant The new appliance allows for full control over your vegan dairy ingredients

Plant-based milk is the future

Milky Plant’s increasing sales represent both a growing global demand for dairy-free milk and an increasing environmental consciousness. For example, one third of UK British people now drink plant-based milk, with shoppers spending a huge £146 million on oat varieties in 2020.

In the US, plant-based milk has rapidly become a staple purchase for nearly half of all Americans, regardless of diet. Overall, people’s main motivations for choosing vegan milk over dairy are preserving the environment and improving personal health.

There are undoubtedly many benefits to drinking plant milk, from a radically reduced environmental footprint to lower consumption of saturated fat. (Let alone the fact that nearly 70 percent of the global population has trouble digesting the lactose found in dairy.)

But Milky Plant aims to make dairy-free milk even healthier and even more sustainable by removing all of the unnecessary packaging and preservatives that are still found in store-bought options. (Think various gums, oils, and sugars, for texture, flavor, and shelf life.)

“We were searching for a clean alternative for cows milk,” explained Nadina and Michael, talking about how they struggled to find what they were looking for in supermarkets. “But all the store options were filled with preservatives, seed oils, and emulsifiers. With Milky Plant, you are in control of your ingredients. You know exactly what goes into your drink.”

A bottle of dairy-free Milky Plant milk that says 'we don't f*ck with cows'
Milky Plant A growing number of companies are keeping cows out of the equation

Plant-based food has a packaging problem

According to Milky Plant, the food industry produces nearly 500,000 tons of milk cartons and jugs every year, which can take hundreds of years to decompose if disposed of improperly.

Even if this type of packaging does eventually decompose in the natural environment, it contains microplastics, which are some of the most harmful and prevalent forms of plastic waste. (They can be found in water, air, our food, and as of this year, even human blood.)

In 2018, Tetra Pak reported the global recycling rate of its products as just 26 percent. This is because they typically contain a mixture of paper fibers, plastic, and sometimes aluminum, making them extremely difficult to process and recycle. Unfortunately, this means that 74 percent of all Tetra Paks are going to landfill, where they will take up to 450 years to rot.

“We noticed the amount of waste we were essentially creating from using all the tetra paks,” explained Nadina and Michael. Because of the low rate of recycling, avoiding this packaging, where possible, is invariably more efficient and sustainable than trying to process it after.

It’s in this way that the Milky Plant appliance is a simple but efficient solution to an extremely complicated and far-reaching problem. By simply removing the need for packaging, making plant milk at home means countless Tetra Paks are kept out of landfill and the natural world.

A Milky Plant appliance beside a plate of cashews and a bottle of vegan milk
Milky Plant The company aims to tackle the growingly urgent plastic waste crisis

Transparency and the impact of Milky Plant

Producing technology such as the Milky Plant machine does come at a cost, but the company is dedicated to both transparency and sustainability throughout.

Production and distribution of one of Milky Plant’s signature appliances creates 50lbs of CO2, which the company highlights as the equivalent of approximately 30 glasses of dairy milk. (For context, the average American drinks this amount every 40 days!)

Milky Plant’s founders also plant five trees for every product sold to offset their impact even further, and Nadina and Michael are partnered with 1% For the Planet. They are also currently trialing an end-of-life recycling program to help fight the global issue of electronic waste.

“Once your machine is old we will arrange for it to be delivered to our facility. There, we will make sure that some of the parts will be reused and the ones that can’t will be recycled. The idea behind this is to prevent e-waste ending up in the landfill,” said Nadina and Michael.

At £260 per-item, the Milky Plant machine is undoubtedly a significant investment. But, according to Michael, the average customer will recoup their investment after just six months of the appliance’s 10-year-plus lifespan, going on to save £10-12 per week. If you only used the machine for 10 years and six months, that’s a saving of up to £6,240.

Milky Plant also estimates that the first 4,000 cups of milk made will prevent the production of more than 900 one-liter cartons—a huge win for the planet.

Get 10 percent off your very own Milky Plant appliance with the code PLANT10 right here. You can follow Milky Plant on Instagram here.

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Kate French
Kate French
13 days ago

Great idea, pity such an offensive logo is felt necessary – very off-putting.

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Plant Based News Admin
13 days ago
Reply to  Kate French

Hi Kate, what is wrong with their logo?

Dylan W.
Dylan W.
13 days ago

I think Kate was referring to the slogan on the bottle and not the logo on the machine. Just a guess.

Kayla
Kayla
13 days ago
Reply to  Kate French

I guess you meant the jar in the photos that says “we don’t f*ck with cows”? That’s not on the packaging of the machine itself.. .so just use your own? You can’t please everyone!

Last edited 13 days ago by Kayla
Holger
Holger
12 days ago
Reply to  Kayla

Well when in doubt, it’s always better to keep the swear words off of your products.

Greedy
Greedy
8 days ago
Reply to  Holger

Yes like my Vegan company Greedy Forkers 😁

Bob
Bob
12 days ago
Reply to  Kate French

Grow the f*ck up, Kate.

Barny Brain
Barny Brain
13 days ago

Would this product be able to process tiger nuts? (They are harder than almonds but much more delicious).

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Plant Based News Admin
12 days ago
Reply to  Barny Brain

Hi Barny, it should be able to! You could always soak them if necessary.

Monica Laita
Monica Laita
13 days ago

£275, I’ll start to save for it then!!

Holger
Holger
12 days ago

Production and distribution of one of Milky Plant’s signature appliances creates 50lbs of CO2, which the company highlights as the equivalent of approximately 30 glasses of dairy milk.

Sorry but that’s one of those funny calculations again. You can’t tell me that all the plastic and electrical parts that need to be taken from deep within the earth, transported and processed using high temperatures, really just amounts to 30 glasses of milk, which you could technically just steal from your neighbor’s cow if you lived in the countryside. And the cow just eats grass. Methane is not an argument, as it is CH4 and not CO2.

Isn’t it funny how nowadays, everything seems to be green and sustainable and CO2-neutral? And this basically happened overnight, without changing production processes or chains of transport. It’s a miracle.

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Plant Based News Admin
12 days ago
Reply to  Holger

Hi Holger, indeed one appliance creates 50lbs of CO2, which is about 30 glasses of milk.
1 glass of dairy milk is responsible for about 0.787kg of CO2-equivalents (https://ourworldindata.org/environmental-impact-milks) x 30, =23.625kg, or 52lbs.
Everything is certainly not green and sustainable, as clearly products of animal agriculture are not.

Steve C
Steve C
12 days ago

Replacing dairy with nut milks isn’t a sustainable solution. Growing nuts requires large amounts of water. Use oats but remember you’ll need to adjust for the lack of fortification (vitamin d for example) when making your own at home.

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Plant Based News Admin
12 days ago
Reply to  Steve C

Hi Steve, while nuts are more water intensive than oats, it is still more sustainable than dairy milk.

Louise Miles
12 days ago

For making soya milk, would you have to first soak the beans and how much would make a litre of milk, please?

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Plant Based News Admin
12 days ago
Reply to  Louise Miles

Hi Louise, yes the soybeans would need to be cooked. 1/3 cup cooked soybeans makes approximately 500ml of soymilk, so you’d need about 2/3 cup for 1 litre!

Louise Miles
11 days ago

Ok thanks! 🙂

Minal
Minal
11 days ago

Would love to buy it. May I know how much does it cost?

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Plant Based News Admin
11 days ago
Reply to  Minal

Hi Minal! The machine costs £275.

Lindy
Lindy
11 days ago

Hi can you please tell me where the machine is manufactured? Thank Lindy

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Plant Based News Admin
11 days ago
Reply to  Lindy

Hi Lindy! It is designed in the UK and ethically manufactured, you can read more on their website: https://milkyplant.com/pages/about

Julie Blume
Julie Blume
11 days ago

I’m wondering why this machine is another unnecessary piece of equipment and price when you can conveniently make your milk since from forever with a high speed blender which I have done for decades😁

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Plant Based News Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  Julie Blume

Hi Julie, you can certainly make your own with a blender, however the mess and effort of doing so is unappealing for many. This machine just makes the task a bit easier!

Jonathan LeMaire
Jonathan LeMaire
7 days ago

Yet again trying to market a lie, it’s not milk! Bean juice I’d be happy with, perhaps a creamy veggie smoothie..just don’t call it milk.

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Plant Based News Admin
6 days ago

Thanks for your opinion Jonathan. It’s milk.

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