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Silk; of the pro-vegan bloomfield, colorado

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Silk is a goldmine for the both the moral-minded and health-conscious that can be found within a vegan diet. Everywhere you look these days, it seems that high-fructose corn syrup is an ingredient (even in some other non-dairy products) – not here. With much relief, Silk using Stevia, cane sugar and evaporated cane juice as their sweeteners of choice; as well as all natural colors and flavours. No animal by-products or derivatives hidden in here either (like that sneaky casein). As an added bonus, their products are also gluten free; and Silk exercises extensive protocols in their production process to ensure there is no contamination, even implementing a method of ultra-high temperature pasteurization to ensure that their products are free from any harmful microorganisms. Silk’s products are sourced from whole soybeans - bypassing the processing, chemical extraction and additives and subsequently resulting in a greater range of nutrients and minerals, such as complete protein (rich with amino acids for a healthy heart), calcium, Vitamin D, potassium, riboflavin and vitamin B12, folate and Omega-3’s, and cholesterol free. Additionally, studies have shown that a diet accommodating soy may help abating cholesterol as well as the danger of breast and prostate cancer, and even strengthen your bones (just the same as dairy milk is indicated to do) A few interesting facts garnered by studies performed by Silk: 50% more calcium in soy than dairy 25% less calories than milk (and less fat, too!) 77% less water usage in producing soy dairy than milk Producing a carton of Silk generates 47% fewer greenhouse gases (GHGs) than producing a carton of dairy milk. Contrary to popular myth, soy contains isoflavones – a compound which naturally occurs in plants (aka plant estrogen) – not the hormone estrogen, and thus has no effect on estrogen levels. Now that we’ve covered the benefits Silk provides for your body, let’s see what they do for the Earth. Silk is a long-time supporter of the Non-GMO Project; not only is every product they produce enrolled in the project’s verification program but they are also certified by the USDA Organic Program. Additionally, Silk purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) (which they’ve been doing since 2003) to offset the energy used in their manufacturing facilities via clean wind energy. They also purchase Water Restoration Certificates (WRCs) to offset an allotment of the water used in making our products. The funds invested are used to aid in supporting waterway restoration programs in geographical areas of critical need, such as the Colorado River Basin. By 2013, Silk had offset 50% of their water usage - with their culminating ambition being 100% by 2015. If that were not enough, not only are Silk’s packaging recyclable, they also reinforce their environmental values through a ‘Zero Waste Recycling and Composting’ program and conduct what they refer to as ‘Brown Bag Seminars’ for their employees; which are workshops and classes on things such as beekeeping and organic farming. Silk is a supportive partner in ‘Community Food Share’, a local food bank, (in 2013, they helped provide 2,762,047 meals through donations and volunteer hours); additionally one day of the year, employees are given the opportunity to volunteer their time to the cause of their choice. And, for their more green-conscious employees, 100% of their transportation is reimbursed annually. Now that we’ve gotten to know Silk a bit better, here; a wide range of products which they offer - for every taste and taste bud, (inc. an array of products under 100 calories, including their Vanilla Iced Latte and Light Chocolate milk). Almond milk – 11 different flavours Soy milk – 11 different flavours Coconut milk – 3 different flavours Fruit & Protein smoothies – Mixed Berry, Strawberry & Banana, Mango Peach Iced Latte – Vanilla and Mocha

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