Clover Sonoma — a Certified B Corporation and third-generation family-owned and operated dairy based in Petaluma, Calif. — said it received recognition for sustainable packaging innovation through California Creamery Operators Association’s first Sustainability award. The award recognizes Clover Sonoma for the first fully renewable milk carton and post-consumer recycled (PCR) gallon milk jug in the United States. In addition, Clover Sonoma released its 2021 Impact Report, highlighting achievements and progress in sustainable packaging, carbon footprint reduction, and social justice issues.

Sustainability continues to be a priority for Clover Sonoma. In 2020, Clover Sonoma launched the first-ever fully renewable milk carton in the United States. This year, it continued these efforts, rolling it out to additional SKUs with the intention to transition all of its organic fluid milk cartons to the fully renewable cartons by 2025.

As a next step in this process, in 2021, Clover Sonoma announced its intent to produce the first PCR gallon milk jugs in the United States. Starting with 30% PCR content, the company said it made the commitment to increase the PCR content across all of its organic gallon milk jugs, also by 2025. The organic gallon milk PCR jug is on grocery store shelves now.

“California’s dairy processors are forward-thinking and ambitious,” said Michael Boccadoro, executive director of the California Creamery Operators Association. “Clover Sonoma and other milk processors are continually exploring and implementing new practices and technologies that help shrink the carbon footprint throughout the supply chain and improve overall sustainability. Clover Sonoma’s packaging initiative is an excellent example of the innovation and commitment that’s paving the way for a more sustainable future.”