Sustainability in our Creameries

We make an effort to conserve water resources

Water from our cows: 50% of the water used at our Cabot plant is upcycled from milk.

In 2014, we invested in a project that would save water, conserve resources & increase productivity.

This technology has transformed the way Cabot facilities handle wastewater. Because we know that we live in a world with limited resources, we are tackling the issue of conservation head on, using context based sustainability to make sure we only take our fair share to make the world’s best cheddar. Quick Facts on Cabot's Water Re-use:

  • Reduces ground water consumption
  • Limits fuel and labor required for land spreading
  • Requires a lower level of cleaning chemicals to be used on water
  • Saves energy typically needed to heat water for cleaning purposes
  • Reduces municipal potable water usage by 277,400 gallons annually

Solar Power in our Plants

We implemented our first solar-powered waste compactor at our facility in Cabot, Vermont.

This initiative is a result of the long-time partnership between Cabot and Casella Waste Systems. Currently, the compactor is powered by a combination of traditional electricity and the solar energy absorbed from the newly installed panel. This solar attachment greatly reduces the amount of traditional electricity needed. On a typical sunny day, the solar panel can absorb enough energy to power the compactor for five days, instantly providing a source of renewable energy while also saving Cabot money on energy costs.

Making Cheddar Better...For Our Communities

Our Products

We aren't fully satisfied by making the "World's Best Cheddar" - we aspire to make our products even better by recognizing and managing the impacts they present. It begins by understanding those impacts over the life of the products - a life cycle assessment. On both the farm and facilities sides, we have been and still are very involved in national efforts to measure and manage the impacts of dairy agriculture.

We hope to better understand and learn more about the following:

  • U.S. Dairy's Environmental Footprint
  • Life Cycle Assessment - Milk
  • Life Cycle Assessment - Cheese
  • Understand the Carbon Footprint of Cheese