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sustainability

For years, the Quaker Oats Co. has proactively practiced environmentally-friendly practices in growing, production and distribution of products like Quaker Simple Harvest Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal. Here are just a few of the ways Quaker contributes to a greener Earth.

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It starts with the growing of oats, an earth-friendly crop…
In many North American environments where Quaker sources oats, oat production can require less crop inputs, such as fertilizers and agricultural chemicals than most other crops.
Quaker has a long tradition of working closely with farmers, suppliers, and crop researchers in major North American oat-producing regions to promote the advantages of growing oats as an excellent rotation crop. Compared to many other crops, oats are recognized as an excellent crop to limit soil erosion and reduce agricultural chemical usage.
While working with farmers to promote the advantages of growing oats, Quaker focuses on high quality crop management to ensure that all the grains Quaker purchases meets or exceeds our high quality standards.
Next, we ensure that every oat we buy is utilized and not wasted…
At Quaker, we're committed to reducing our environmental impact through creative solutions for minimizing waste -- like using oat hulls as a renewable fuel source. Quaker has been partnering with the University of Iowa since 2003 to substitute coal with oat hulls in their cogeneration plant. By burning oat hulls for energy instead of coal, greenhouse gas emissions are substantially reduced. In addition, reductions in other harmful air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds and mercury have been identified through EPA-approved testing.
Our mill in Cedar Rapids has a mandate for 100% oat utilization.
Of the 935MM pounds of raw oats purchased annually:
65% is converted to delicious foods for Quaker Oats consumers
35% is converted to alternative fuel or agricultural uses resulting in:
An annual reduction of 69M tons of CO2
An annual reduction of 28M tons of coal
Reduction of harmful air pollutants
Elimination of landfill needs for oat hulls
Finally, we strive to deliver our products in environmentally-friendly packaging…
Quaker Simple Harvest Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal
The cartons used for Simple Harvest Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal are made from 100% recycled material and contain 35% PCR content (post consumer recycled material).
The carton is 100% recyclable once the plastic window is removed.
Standard Quaker Oats
Quaker Foods self-manufactures the canister for Standard Quaker Oatmeal which conserves energy in the storage and transportation of the materials from the paper mill to our manufacturing location.
All of the paper used in the production of the canister is made from 100% recycled materials and utilize up to 85% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in the form of recovered corrugated packaging.
Since each ton of recycled paperboard saves about 14 trees, 8,000 tons of recycled paperboard used for the Quaker Oats tube means 112,000 fewer trees are used for our purposes each year. This is roughly the size of 100 football fields.
Instant Quaker Oatmeal
The cartons used for Instant Quaker Oatmeal are made from 100% recycled material and contain 35% PCR content (post consumer recycled material).
Using recycled paper board for the IQO carton means approximately 100,000 fewer trees were used for IQO packaging in 2006. This is roughly the size of 100 football fields.

helping farmers

Quaker’s commitment to simple, natural and wholesome beginnings extends beyond Simple Harvest. That’s why we’re partnering with Earth Pledge’s Farm to Table initiative, which educates and builds demand for local and sustainable food products. Click here to learn more about the partnership.

other sustainability resources

To learn more about conserving natural resources and reducing waste, visit the following websites:

other sustainability resources
  • Tips for Living Simply
  • Small changes in our daily lives can add up to big changes in the conservation of natural resources and reducing waste. Get useful tips on ways you can make simple changes.
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