Episode 34: Tillamook Brings Sustainability to the Dairy Industry

Stefanie Valentic, Editorial Director

September 30, 2021

A 112-year-old farmer-owned cooperative located in Tillamook County, Oregon is advancing its long-time stewardship efforts with new packaging goals.

Tillamook Creamery, which is one the most popular tourist attractions in the state, recently achieved Certified B Corporation status. The Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA), which is comprised of 80 families, is seeking to enhance sustainability through achieving the following goals:

  • Avoid additional and unnecessary packaging while prioritizing the uncompromising quality of its products and the reduction of food waste;

  • Commit 100% of its packaging solutions to being recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2030;

  • Increase recycled content to 20% (on average) in its plastic packaging by 2025 and eliminate use of all virgin plastic by 2035;

  • Source all virgin paper packaging from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified materials and use 50% or more recycled fiber by 2025; and

  • Educate consumers on actionable ways to reduce food waste and properly dispose, recycle, or re-use Tillamook packages.

In this week's episode of Stef Talks Trash, TCCA Director of Environment & Community Impact Jocelyn Bridson dives into these goals and how the cooperative has evolved during the last century.


About the Author(s)

Stefanie Valentic

Editorial Director, Waste360

Stefanie Valentic is the editorial director of Waste360. She can be reached at [email protected].


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