Earth Month is coming to a close, but at WhiteWave, we look for ways to celebrate and learn about the environment every day.
Nature lovers of all ages came out to the Bee Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 26, to enjoy music, food, and fun activities inspired by the environment. Hosted by Growing Gardens, a Boulder-based non-profit that aims to enrich the lives of our communities through sustainable urban architecture, the event encouraged children to plant seeds, investigate insect habitats, explore worm composting, learn about local honeybees and create garden art…a few brave volunteers even put on the beekeeper suit and visited the garden’s demonstration hive!
We would like to thank our valued partner for more than 10 years, Growing Gardens, for continuing to bring sustainable urban agriculture into our community in such fun and engaging ways.
Yesterday, about 100 kids joined the workforce at WhiteWave for a day filled with science experiments, learning about consumers and some fun photo opps. Thanks to the employees at WhiteWave for creating such a unique experience for the kiddos!
This week marks the 44th anniversary of the first powerful Earth Day event when more than 20 million Americans took action to improve the quality of our air, water, and land. These first voices of climate change created our modern environmental movement.
WhiteWave is committed to improving the environmental impacts of our business. To help us achieve this goal, we have targets in key areas including reducing our energy use, lowering our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reducing our landfilled waste and water use, and improving our packaging and sourcing.
We are proud to report that we have successfully reduced our impacts on the environment since we began tracking our emissions in 2006. Driven by improving efficiency at our manufacturing facilities, farms, and in our day-to-day practices at each of our locations, we’ve reduced our GHG emissions by 32%, our solid waste to landfill by 28% and our non-ingredient water consumption by 6%. The new WhiteWave Sustainability infographic, above, presents an overview of our 2013 accomplishments and highlights our areas of focus and commitment moving forward.
As a thank you for the effort behind our key focus areas, each employee was given a “tree in a box” to take home, plant and enjoy for many Earth Days to come. If each tree is planted, it will create the equivalent of four acres of forest that can sequester up to 1.5 million lbs. of CO2 over the life of the trees.
In addition, to celebrate our zero waste efforts at our Broomfield headquarters, we have brought back the very compost we’ve generated for employees to enjoy at home in their gardens and plants.
For all of us at WhiteWave, Earth Day isn’t just an annual celebration. Helping change the way the world eats for the better and reducing our impact on the planet is something we do every day.
For the second consecutive year, WhiteWave was selected as one of the best places to work in the Denver metro area.
The Denver Post released its 2014 “Top Workplaces” honors, featuring the best places to work in the Denver metro area. With more than 1,000 local companies participating in the program, we are thrilled to announce that WhiteWave made the list for a second consecutive year. This year, we are ranked 14 of the 25 mid-sized companies that participated.
The best part about this honor? It was based on feedback from our employees. The Top Workplaces list is based on an employee survey that asks about a variety of workplace-related qualities, such as leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits. Having our employees as the judges makes this award incredibly meaningful, and we are truly honored to be included.
At WhiteWave, we’re proud of the passion and dedication our employees bring to their work each day. We are committed to continuing to be the type of company that celebrates our employees and the work we all do together to change the way the world eats for the better.
Earth Month serves as a timely reminder that everyone can do their part to help conserve water. Contributing to conservation efforts is easier than you might think. Adopting small changes at home, such as turning off the water while brushing your teeth or reducing your shower time, can add up and make a big difference. It’s also important to be mindful of the water used to produce our food. For example:
- Making a simple swap like consuming Silk Original soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk versus conventional dairy milk saves 500 gallons of water per half gallon.
- Plant-based beverages often require fewer resources than their animal-based counterparts as farmers must grow feed and raise cows for the finished product. Eating lower on the food chain is simply less water intensive.
- One half gallon of Silk conserves enough water to offset the equivalent 500 teeth brushing sessions, 20 showers or more than 10 loads of laundry.1
Throughout Earth Month and beyond, make water conservation part of your daily routine. Visit silk.com/yaywater for fun videos that will inspire your conservation efforts. For every “share” of one of Silk’s Earth Month videos, Silk will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy (up to $20,000).
And don’t forget to share your fun and nostalgic water-filled moments using the #yaywater hashtag for the chance to win one of 200 indoor or outdoor water saving prize packs. Grand prizes will be awarded to the five most compelling celebratory water images.
1 Water conservation calculations are based on water usage numbers from the United States Geological Society
We all face lots of food options and try to make better choices for ourselves and our families.
That’s why all of us at WhiteWave are passionate about challenging ourselves every day to help make those choices easier for everyone by producing food that is welcomed at everyone’s table.
We just launched our 2013 Annual Review, which discusses just that. It’s a look back on our momentum as a new, stand-alone public company—and a look forward at how we will continue to change the way the world eats for the better.
The story is presented as an interactive website, which includes a video message from our CEO and covers the following topics:
- WhiteWave’s categories and brands and how they continue to align with compelling long-term consumer trends
- Our financial performance and plans for growth, including how we’ve invested in our business and exciting, new opportunities in 2013
- WhiteWave’s momentum heading into 2014, as we continue to innovate, shape and grow our categories
- How our values and culture drive all we do and are key ingredients to our success
Check it out for yourself at http://www.whitewave.com/ar13/ and follow our journey to change the way the world eats for the better.
No matter where you live, spring is a time for renewal and rejuvenation – out with the old and in with the new. Spring is also the perfect time to take small steps towards a better you, and spring cleaning your diet is an easy way to start. It can be as simple as slipping in an extra serving or two of fruits and vegetables, nuts or dairy alternatives every day.
Our Silk team is excited about helping people incorporate more plant-based foods in their diets. So, our nutrition expert, Mona Rosene, MS, RD, recently hosted a Twitter chat where she offered ways to help people renew their focus on eating nutritious, plant-based foods. Here are a few of her tips:
- Build your breakfast around whole grains. Try oatmeal made with Silk® soymilk or almondmillk, or explore a new flavor combination on your whole grain cereal with one of Silk’s new Almond Coconut Blend varieties.
- Go green. Create a salad or stir fry with dark leafy greens like spinach and kale. These green giants boost vegetable servings and provide critical nutrients like vitamins A and C, iron, and folate.
- Mix up your milk. Use soymilk, almondmilk or coconutmilk in your morning smoothie or by the glass.
- Make it a meatless night. One night per week, make a plant-based meal that focuses on whole grains, vegetables, nuts and soy. Use spices to add flavor without the sodium
Visit www.silk.com for tasty and balanced plant-based recipes.
April is Soyfoods Month, and our partners at the Soybean Association of North America (SANA), are celebrating the endless possibilities of soy.
Visit their website, soyfoods.org, to find everything from delicious recipes to myth busters about soy to how soyfoods are made.