Water

We love saving water

We’re on a mission to conserve and restore the water that we all share and rely on. See what we're doing to reduce our footprint and find out how you can help.

We’re on a mission to conserve and restore the water that we all share and rely on. See what we're doing to reduce our footprint and find out how you can help.

We’re helping to Change the Course

Today the Colorado River Basin—which originates right in our own backyard—is under tremendous stress. Many waterways that used to flow freely year-round now stand dry for portions of the year. In fact, the once-mighty Colorado doesn’t even reach the sea anymore.

 

Silk® is partnering with the National Geographic Society, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Take Part and Participant Media to support Change the Course—a multiyear effort to conserve fresh water and preserve the ecological health of the Colorado River Basin. Learn more and see how you can help Change the Course. For every pledge taken, 1,000 gallons of water will be restored to the Colorado River.

Investing in restoration

When it comes to water, using less is best. But every drop of restoration helps too. That’s why we purchase Water Restoration Certificates (WRCs) from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to offset a portion of the water used in our manufacturing process. For each WRC purchased, 1,000 gallons of water are restored to critically dewatered rivers and water systems.  In 2013, we plan to offset at least 50% of our total water usage with WRCs that will help the Middle Deschutes River in Oregon and Prickly Pear Creek in Montana. And what’s better? By 2015, we hope to offset 100% of the water we use in manufacturing.

Saving water the plant-based way

You can feel good about choosing our soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk because producing one carton of Silk uses 77% less water than producing one carton of conventional U.S. dairy milk.1 Plant-based products often require fewer resources than their animal-based counterparts to get them from the field to your grocery store. Think about how dairy milk works—farmers must grow feed AND raise cows for the finished product. Since we just need to grow plants, we’re able to use significantly less water.

Get a visual

Check out our infographic and learn more about our water conservation efforts.

 

And while you're at it, Change the Course has got a pretty cool graphic too.

Know your impact

The National Geographic Society has created a water-use calculator and pledge system encouraging individuals to be aware of how much water they consume and start cutting back where they can.

 

Shorter showers, water-friendly landscaping—even choosing Silk over dairy milk—can all add up to gallons saved over the long term. What steps can you take? Take a look and get inspired!

1 Based on a 2010 water footprint assessment conducted by Silk using the Water Footprint Network methodology and the average annual consumption of Silk by US households.