At Chobani, we are passionate about reducing our impact on the environment and improving our practices to deliver more sustainable outcomes. Our team continues a journey towards a more sustainable future. We’re not perfect but we always aim to be better.
Chobani is an active member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), working together to assess options that improve the environmental impacts of our packaging. We follow APCO’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines for all new product developments and have implemented the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) on all Chobani products.
Our team has completed several projects to either reduce our raw material usage, increase recycled content or improve the recyclability of our packaging. We recently increased the recycled content of our shippers by more than 15% and changed all Chobani tubs to in-mould labelling, which has improved their recyclability as both the label and tub are made from the same material.
All our Chobani pots and tubs are 100% recyclable through Australian kerbside collection systems, including the foil which can be scrunched into a ball and put in the recycling bin.
Our Chobani pouches are recyclable through the REDCycle program. Chobani has been a member of REDCycle for over 3 years, helping provide consumers with a recycling option for soft plastic pouches. The program keeps this plastic out of landfill and turns it into a range of recycled products including indoor and outdoor furniture, signage and road infrastructure materials.
Chobani was awarded the 2020 APCO Industry Sector: Food & Beverage award for the implementation of our Sustainable Packaging Roadmap and for demonstrating our commitment to continuously reviewing and improving packaging sustainability and waste management practices.
Water usage reduction is one of our key focusses in 2021 and beyond. Our team is constantly looking for new ways to reduce our water usage and improve water recovery across our sites and as part of our manufacturing processes.
Our key initiatives to improve sustainable waste practices start with reducing waste from our manufacturing process as much as possible. This is followed by working to divert waste from landfill through recycling practices.
Where is our waste going?
Since 2019, our teams have worked together to divert 225 tons of waste from landfill – that’s equivalent to 56 elephants. A key project that helped achieve this was the segregation of our organic waste to a dedicated stream, allowing this waste to go directly to compost instead of general waste.
Our recycling program currently includes cardboard, paper, soft plastic, rigid plastic, pallets, chemical containers and e-waste.
Chobani is always looking for new ways to improve the recycling of our materials. This includes working with Avery Dennison on recovering and recycling our label backing paper through their AD Circular program. Through this program, Avery Dennison partners with companies such as Chobani to close the loop on label waste that cannot be recycled with paper and cardboard.
We implemented new energy efficiency measures in our manufacturing facility to help reduce energy usage. This includes LED lighting in all production areas, energy recovery processes, upgrades to more energy-efficient equipment, and improved insulation on-site.
Chobani has recently implemented a 7-year Electricity Supply Agreement with Diamond Energy that will allow us to source approximately 50% of our electricity demand from a local solar farm. This is a crucial step in improving our practices and increasing our use of renewable energy sources.
At Chobani, we believe that business can be one of the most powerful forces for good in the world. That extends to how we make our products, how we treat our people and how we conduct business.
Chobani is committed to protecting human rights and preventing modern slavery in all its forms, including forced labour and human trafficking, across our supply chain. We focus on a continuous improvement approach in this area, with the aim of driving change together with our suppliers and partners throughout our supply chain.