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Keeping it Green and Clean for Earth Day

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.

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Here are some ways that we celebrate green business practices and dedication to environmental sustainability every day.

Farming

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 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 whenever possible, from serve-ware such as cups, spoons, straws, and napkins, which 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.

Renewable Energy

Since 2006 Lifeway Foods has procured 55,222 MWh of Green-e Certified RECs from Renewable Choice Energy/Schneider Electric.  The avoided GHG emissions associated with this initiative is 52,665.618 MTCO2e.  According to the EPA, this action is equivalent to the carbon emissions avoided by not burning 132 railcars of coal or the electricity generated annually by 6.5 industrial scale wind turbines.  The GHG emissions associated with the Lifeway Foods green power initiative is equal to 395,002 tree seedlings grown for 10-years or 28,271 acres of U.S. forest annually.

Our support helps grow renewable energy production here in the US and promotes job growth. It also helps reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and ecosystem degradation.

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

Kind Meals

Eat clean and green this earth day with our Avocado Matcha Kefir Smoothie, Kale Yeah Kefir Smoothie, and Green Machine Smoothie Bowl.