Nineteen-year-old Steven Macedo recently launched Leche, a monthly plant-based milk subscription service in Los Angeles. The service allows customers to sign up for doorstep delivery of fresh, made-to-order vegan milk or pick up at designated LA locations. A $40 subscription price amounts to five quarts of dairy-free milk each month. The milk is made using organic, non-GMO nuts, seeds, and fruit such as oats, pecans, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, cashews, bananas, and sunflower seeds, with the option to add additional flavors such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cacao, or guava. “Dairy is terrible for the environment and so I set out to create a sustainable, delicious alternative while challenging the stereotypes of what Latinx flavors are,” Macedo told VegNews. “I wanted to show the wide variety of flavors and ingredients in our culture—I was raised on oat, rice, and pumpkin-seed milks.” Leche also strives to be 100-percent sustainable by reusing all of the waste from milk production to create bath bombs, lip balms, body and face scrubs, and body butters.
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