The planet is always on our mind, making Earth Day every day. As part of the Lifeway Mission, we’re dedicated to creating products that are good for more than just you. We strive to be good for the environment and our communities, too.
Here are some ways that we celebrate green business practices and dedication to environmental sustainability every day.
All of Lifeway products use milk from cows that have not been treated with any artificial hormones. That means no rBGH, no rBST, no rB anything – and no antibiotics, either. We also encourage all of our farmers and cooperatives who supply us with milk to support efforts that promote the enhanced welfare of cattle. After all, happy cows mean tasty kefir for you, too.
Green Bio-based Bottles
We’ve recently switched our 8oz single serve and Organic kefir bottles to a more environmentally friendly packaging called green polyethylene, a material that is made of sugarcane, a renewable resource. Green polyethylene is a thermoplastic resin, which means our organic bottles now use plant-based materials rather than petroleum-based. This transition helps us further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and still provide bottles that are safe, BPA-free, and recyclable!
We also use biodegradable plastics and upcycled materials whenever possible, from serve-ware such as cups, spoons, straws. Our napkins at events are made from 100% recycled, unbleached paper. All of our bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA-free.
All-Natural Ingredients. No Exceptions.
Environmental consciousness isn’t just about monitoring our waste, it’s also about being aware of what we produce, how we produce it, and how it will affect our community for years to come. Our products only contain all-natural ingredients that aren’t genetically modified. We’re consistently working with our suppliers and farmers to make sure we’re getting the best of the best. It’s simple: eating real food is better for you and for the earth.
Since 2006 Lifeway Foods has procured 63,691 MWh of Green-e Certified RECs from Renewable Choice Energy/Schneider Electric. The avoided GHG emissions associated with this initiative is 27,552 MTCO2e. According to the EPA, this action is equivalent to the carbon emissions avoided by not burning 152 railcars of coal or the electricity generated annually by 7.7 industrial scale wind turbines. The GHG emissions avoidance associated with the Lifeway Foods green power initiative is equal to the carbon sequestered by 455,581 tree seedlings grown for 10-years or 32,857 acres of U.S. forest annually.
A few additional equivalencies you can use follow…
The impact is similar to the GHG emissions associated with 365 tanker-trucks full of gasoline or 6,131 passenger cars driven for 1-year.
The avoided emissions are equal to not burning 30,862,875 pounds of coal.
That’s equal to the electricity use of 3,473 homes for 1-year.
Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
- Start a home garden
- Visit a local plant conservatory
- Create a meatless meal for dinner
- Take a walk or a run and pick up trash along the way “Plogging“