Sustainability

This planet means the world to us

Healthy Communities & Sustainable Practices:

Our longstanding support of family nutrition, sustainable family farms, thriving communities, and renewable packaging has helped set the high standard for the dairy industry. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously. And it not only impacts how we produce our dairy, it drives us to find innovations in packaging and to share our passion by educating the communities we love.

Packaging does not get recycled

1 RINSE out the package
so it’s free of
icky stuff
2 DRY the package by letting it sit out
3 RECYCLE like you
normally do

Individual foil lids are too small to be recycled.
Rinse & squish your foil lids
together into a 3 inch ball.
That’s big enough to recycle!

By not including plastic caps on our milk cartons, in 2019 we saved over 227,000 lbs of plastic from being produced and likely ending up in the landfill.

That is equivalent to the weight of over 11 million plastic water bottles.

We are donating 1% from every sale of our organic DHA Omega-3 Milk to the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
The Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance working toward a world free from plastic pollution.

Ready to wade into the world of packaging recycling?

What are the challenges with compostable packaging?

A compostable package must be able to:

1

Be stored for up to 6 months minimum in ambient temperatures

2

Withstand high moisture and stay intact while being filled with milk or other dairy products

3

Stay intact as it is shipped to store, then as it sits on shelf, and finally on its journey to your home

4

Biodegrade within 90 days after disposal, as most compost facilities require this time frame

It is very challenging to find a compostable packaging type that can maintain its integrity and still look good up until it is consumed, and then quickly biodegrade. Nonetheless, we are not giving up and we are working everyday to identify better solutions for our packaging.

Smaller herd sizes + Ample pasture land = More sustainable family farming

When it comes to caring for cows, we believe size matters. Clover’s herd size is 1/3 the average California herd size. That means our farmers can keep a close eye on their herds and ensure their cows are in good health.

Fewer cows also means less manure production. While manure contains beneficial nutrients that plants need to grow, those nutrients become pollutants if they’re too highly concentrated. So when farms are densely populated, manure management becomes more challenging and the risks of pollution increase. All Clover dairies recycle 100% of their manure production, either using it on farm as fertilizer or other capacities, or providing it to local organic farms.

Clover’s average herd size: 400 Cows
California’s average herd size: 1,200 Cows

Healthy soil is the foundation of any sustainable farm. Livestock manure is a critical fertilizer in organic farming because it contains important nutrients to support soil health.

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Organic farming WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT livestock manure The only alternative is chemically-produced fertilizer. And that's just not our thing.
manure is an excellent source of plant nutrients POTASSIUM, NITROGEN & PHOSPHORUS
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Manure + Soil
manure returns organic matter and other nutrients TO THE SOIL SUCH AS CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM & SULFUR
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