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Our Environment

the smallest footprint leaves the biggest impact

Nourishing our environment is a high priority around here. We're constantly working to lessen our carbon footprint. We use packaging that requires no energy-intensive refrigeration. We've eliminated our trash compactor. We've changed the way we use energy. But it's hardly about the glory. For us, we won't rest until we've left this world a better place. Really, our work has just begun.

We prioritize energy efficiency and renewable energy in our operations. In the past five years we realized energy savings equal to the annual electrical consumption of over 330 homes or the annual greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 500 cars. 

What goes around...

Around here, the only good waste is no waste. At Pacific, we've made "Zero Waste" a long-term company goal. Ambitious? Certainly, but it's not impossible. Every year we're using less and repurposing more. 

Closing the loop on waste streams means giving organic materials their own second life. We think it's only fair to allow these spent byproducts to reach their highest potential and minimize the amount of energy and nutrition wasted.

Over 80% of our company waste is now recycled or repurposed. Wastewater solids and fats are sent to biogas facilities, where they are broken down by microorganisms and combusted to generate electricity. 100% of our food scraps are converted into animal feed or compost. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of okara, a byproduct of crushing soybeans for our non-dairy beverages, are made into high-protein animal feed each year. Even the farms' animal waste is converted into phosphorus irrigation and compost or transformed into bedding. While we're not ones to brag, we're proud of our accomplishments. As we see it, the only way to move forward is to leave nothing behind.

Restoring the wetlands. Welcoming back old friends.

When our founder and his family first purchased farmland in the Willamette Valley, they didn't just envision what the land might become, they recalled what it once was. On some of the properties were wetlands that had been buried down or overrun with invasive species.

Restoring the land to healthy, fertile farmland was an ambitious and costly endeavor. Many said it couldn't be done. But by working closely with the Wetlands Conservancy, the wetlands in Deer Creek, Hedges Creek, and Three Sisters have been reborn.

Today, they filter water and offer a valuable habitat for birds and other wildlife. And if the land there is that healthy, imagine what the food we grow there is like.

Witness Nature restored.