We’ve been quietly making what we believe is the world’s best non-dairy frozen dessert right here in the heart of Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley for years. While we’re not the type to shout our achievements from the rooftops, we are taking steps as a responsible manufacturer to move in a more sustainable direction. We invite you to check out what we’ve been up to.
Lots of packaging materials we receive daily like cardboard, plastic buckets, and various other materials continue to have value after their initial use, so we’ve built a culture that takes recycling seriously, recovering some 12 tons of material annually and keeping it out of the landfill
Pints & Quarts – Products require additional packaging to protect them during the journey from the manufacturing plant to your local grocer. This can use a lot of raw materials, so we’ve invested in equipment that eliminates the need for a cardboard sleeve in the outer packaging, saving some 34 tons of cardboard annually, the equivalent of saving 297 cubic yards of landfill space or 1,513 gallons of crude oil.
sandwiches & single serves – All our frozen dessert sandwiches and frozen dessert bars are packaged in 100% recycled paperboard cartons. Using 100% recycled material not only saves trees, but it takes 50% less energy to re-pulp recycled paper than it does to make paper products out of new fibers from trees.
yogurt cups – Our cultured products cups are made out of #5 polypropylene plastic, a lightweight option that is recyclable in many communities. We use a minimalist approach to packaging our 6 ounce cups by using foil or plastic lids that don’t require an additional outer lid, saving packaging material.beverages & creamers – We use paper cartons for all our beverages not only because they help protect the good stuff inside, but because they are the more sustainable option compared to plastic bottles. The paper fiber for the cartons is harvested from responsibly managed forests, and paperboard containers have one of the lowest CO2 footprints of any package. Paper cartons contain valuable fibers that can be reused to make lots of other products, so be sure to check for recyclability in your area.
energy sources by region
In the auto world there are gas guzzlers and there are gas sippers. When it comes to consuming energy, we prefer to be the sipping sort, so we’ve tackled a lot of projects to make our frozen dessert manufacturing plant more efficient, like investing in energy-saving pumps and motors, swapping out all our warehouse lighting for more efficient fluorescents, and just trying to be smarter about how we use electricity.
Here in the southern Willamette Valley, we’re blessed to have access to lots of clean, renewable hydropower. As you can see below, over 80% of our electricity comes from hydropower – well over the national average.