Silk® Increases Commitment to Water Restoration and Conservation Efforts

  Silk® Increases Commitment to Water Restoration and Conservation Efforts

   From Sustainable Manufacturing Practices to Sponsoring Water Restoration
            Projects, Silk Expands its Water Conservation Efforts

Business Wire

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- February 20, 2013

Silk®, the brand known for its bestselling soymilk, almondmilk and
coconutmilk, announces new initiatives in water conservation and restoration
efforts. From its founding, Silk has been committed to making the world a
healthier place through socially-responsible and environmentally-sustainable
business practices.

Silk has been working with Bonneville Environmental Foundation  (BEF) since
2003 and has recently partnered with the National Geographic Society,
BEFandParticipant Mediaas the first charter corporate sponsor to support
Change the Course—a multiyear global effort to conserve freshwater and
preserve the ecological health of the heavily dammed, diverted and overused
Colorado River Basin. This campaign will empower individuals and communities
to reduce their own freshwater footprint while making on-the-ground water
restoration efforts.

Change the Course is challenging members of the public to learn about the
vital issues of freshwater, calculate their own water footprints and take a
simple pledge to conserve at For every pledge received, a
Change the Course corporate sponsor, like Silk, will donate to the cause. Each
pledge will restore 1,000 gallons of water back into the Colorado River,
working to make the river healthy again.

"As a brand that is deeply committed to sustainability and conservation, this
water restoration project is close to our hearts,” said Craig Shiesley, Senior
VP Plant Based Beverages and Canada. “We’re thrilled to support the Change the
Course initiative, help restore the Colorado River Basin and positively impact
a major body of water in our own backyard. We all need to do our part to use
water more thoughtfully and productively to help keep our rivers and streams

With drought conditions on the rise across the country, both restoration and
conservation projects are crucial to the health of the country’s water supply.
As a brand committed to environmental sustainability, Silk recently conducted
two studies—a "life cycle assessment" and a “water footprint
assessment”—comparing the environmental impact of a half-gallon of Silk®
Original soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk to a typical half-gallon of
conventional U.S. dairy milk.^1,2

The independent study, commissioned by Silk’s parent company, WhiteWave Foods,
revealed that, on average, producing one half-gallon of plant-based beverages,
such as soymilk, almondmilk or coconutmilk, requires 77 percent less water and
generates 47 percent fewer greenhouse gases (GHGs) than producing one
half-gallon of conventional U.S. dairy milk.

“We’ve always believed that plant-based foods like Silk are better for people
and the planet,” said Shiesley. “We’re proud of these positive results and
have used them to help us identify additional opportunities to further reduce
greenhouse gas and other environmental emissions, as well as water

In addition, for 2013, Silk has committed to offsetting 50 percent of its
manufacturing water footprint through the purchase of water restoration
certificates (WRCs) and 100 percent of its electricity footprint from
manufacturing at its company owned facilities. Silk's goal is to offset 100
percent of both its water and electricity footprints in the coming years
through BEF.

Silk’s parent company, WhiteWave Foods, is also committed to sustainability
initiatives, which include reducing waste-to-landfill, water consumption and
greenhouse gas emissions. To date, on a per gallon basis, the company reduced
greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent compared to a 2006 baseline, has
reduced waste to landfill by 35 percent compared to a 2007 baseline, and has
reduced non-ingredient water by eight percent compared to a 2008 baseline.
WhiteWave Foods is also focused on improving the environmental and social
impacts of ingredient sourcing, as well as improving the environmental impacts
of its packaging.


Silk was founded in 1996 on a promise to make the world a healthier place. The
brand believes that plant-based foods are the best way to nourish people and
the planet and today offers a broad portfolio of nutritious, great-tasting
milk alternatives, including Silk® Soymilk, Silk PureAlmond® and Silk
PureCoconut®. Silk’s products use the highest-quality plant-based ingredients.
In addition, Silk’s entire plant-based beverage portfolio is or will be
enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program. Silk is also
committed to making the world a healthier place through socially responsible
and environmentally sustainable business practices, such as the Responsible
Soybean Sourcing & Production Program, the traceability website
( and Silk’s legacy of using and championing
renewable energy. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @LoveMySilk.

^1 Based on life cycle assessment conducted in 2011 utilizing external LCA
experts and certified for comparative declaration under the ISO 14040 /44
standard series.

^2 Based on a 2011 water footprint assessment conducted by Silk using the
Water Footprint Network methodology and the average annual consumption of Silk
and dairy milk by US household.


WhiteWave Foods
Sara Loveday,  303-635-4680
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