Straus Family Creamery was the first 100% certified organic creamery in the USA. All of their certified organic dairy products are Non-GMO Project Verified, certified kosher, and gluten free. The cows graze on pastures in good weather and are given only 100% organically grown feeds. The cows are never treated with growth hormones or antibiotics, and no additives, fillers, or artificial ingredients are ever used in any of their dairy products.
Straus also uses sustainable and innovative farming practices. Their milk is packaged in reusable glass bottles, which are reused on average 4-6 times before re-entering the recycling stream. The bottles themselves are made with up to 50% recycled glass. They never use any herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers on their land, and by using a no-till method of planting, they are able to prevent soil erosion and reduce fuel consumption.
The dairy uses a methane digester to transform methane gas from manure into electricity (enough electricity to run meters in reverse). Aside from the energy this system generates, this method also prevents methane gas, a greenhouse gas 23 times more detrimental than carbon dioxide, from entering the atmosphere. Two by-products, separated solids and leftover liquids, are then used as organic fertilizer on pastures.
Straus also implements a closed-loop system to reuse water from the creamery at the dairy, where it is used to flush the barns, to help generate renewable energy through the methane digester, and to irrigate the pastures.