You probably know Straus Family Creamery for their organic cream-top milk, packaged in returnable glass bottles. The reuse of these bottles is just one example of the attention to sustainability that runs through the fiber of the company. In 1995 Albert Straus established Straus Family Creamery. The Straus Dairy Farm, started by his parents in the 1940s, became the first of 9 organic, local family farms to supply Albert with their milk.
Straus Family Creamery was not only the first 100% certified organic creamery in the country, but also the first Non-GMO Project Verified creamery.
Straus Dairy Farm’s methane digester is at the center of their many sustainability efforts. The methane digester uses cow manure to produce biogas, which is then converted into electricity. This electricity is used to power the entire farm, as well as their revolutionary feed truck. The electric feed truck replaces the diesel trucks which typically bring food to cows. This allows for a closed loop of renewable energy: from feeding to manure creation to electricity, and around again.
The methane digester also reduces the farm’s methane gas emissions by over 1,600 metric tons of CO2e annually – that’s like eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions from about 350 passenger cars each year!
We greatly appreciate Straus’s commitment to organic and their leadership within the industry, and we’re inspired by their continued innovations in sustainability.