The Isle of Man Creamery will introduce the first plant based carton in the British Isles next month.

On September 10th plastic cartons will be replaced with the non-oil based plant cartons.

The production of these is carbon negative, meaning that they actually remove carbon from the environment during their creation.Materials are from FSC Certified forests and the cap and lining is produced from a sugar cane polymer.

The sugar cane is grown on previously farmed pastures in Brazil, meaning that there is no encroachment on the rainforests and all plants used are sustainable and renewable.Plant based cartons are only available in metric measurements which means that Isle of Man Creamery will now be offering a 500ml plant based carton for 55p and a 1 litre plant based carton for £1.

There will be no changes to the size and price of the two and four pint polybottles.

The fact that the production of the carton is carbon negative and removes carbon from the environment during creation, makes these cartons the most environmentally friendly packaging available for our milk. Additionally, it would take 9 lorry loads of plastic or glass bottles to pack the same amount of milk that we can pack with just one lorry load of these plant based cartons, which come flat-packed. That carbon impact applies to the non-Manx milk on the Island’s shelves too. So, buying your milk in a carton makes a huge difference to your carbon footprint.

Isle of Man Creamery Managing Director Findlay Macleod