We have identified fresh water intensive systems to reduce our overall water usage, and have redirected single-use, clean water back upstream to create a series of water-recycling loops which allow for fresh water consumption to remain at neutral levels.
We are proud to say that in 2017, our Idaho Falls facility was able to increase production by 65% while successfully keeping fresh water consumption neutral.
Through a combination finding and switching to alternative fuels and increasing emission controls, we have pushed to reduce the amount of criteria air pollutants released from Idahoan facilities through farming, processing, and transport.
Over the course of the past 14 years, we are proud to say that Idahoan has been able to decrease criteria air pollutant emissions by 46%. That’s 300 tons per year for a total of 4,198.3 tons!
Our water comes down from the peaks of the beautiful, pristine Grand Teton Mountains into the fertile Teton Valley where it’s used to grow and clean our potatoes. From there, the water is filtered and repurposed for agricultural use throughout local economies.
Our innovative water reuse program allows us to sustain local aquifers with hundreds of millions of gallons of water per year.
In 2020 alone, over 404 million gallons of water, the equivalent of 612 Olympic-sized swimming pools, were used, looped, and reused for crop cultivation – that’s a lot of laps!
Food is at the center of what we do here at Idahoan – and we do our very best to ensure minimal food waste in our processes.
Each year, Idahoan is able to supplement the nutrition of over 35,000 cows with leftover potato products. Rather than finding their way down the drain or into the trash, these scraps – an assortment of peels, fragments, and starches – in combination with crops grown using our repurposed water, serve as feed provisions for local agriculture partners.
We reuse our cardboard boxes and totes as much as possible for storage and transportation, but when they can no longer bear the weight of our products, they are re-homed to a local business who can use them.
Idahoan routinely recycles corrugated containers and office paper.
In 2020 alone, we were able to recycle 117 tons of paper products, the equivalent of approximately 1,989 trees – that’s 17 trees per ton of paper!*
*U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2016, March 30). Environmental Factoids | WasteWise