The environment

Sustainable development

Sustainable Dairy Production

Since 2011, this project has worked with farmers, our milk suppliers, to reduce the environmental footprint of dairy production while improving the profitability of farms. Working together and maximising value is a way of preparing for the major environmental and socio-economic challenges that lie ahead.

The Sustainable Dairy Production approach aims to work with milk suppliers to triple the performance of their system on an economic, social and environmental level. Improving farming practices, competitiveness and the resilience of milk farms is a priority for the teams who manage the dairy supply of the Savencia Group, which includes ELVIR. Initially, it offered a comprehensive diagnosis of farming operations, followed by training to then support the implementation of priority action plans. At the end of 2016, 1100 milk producers for the Savencia Group had voluntarily become involved in this approach.

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A new process to treat waste water sludge

Concerned about the well-being of local populations, in July 2008, Elle & Vire implemented a new process to treat waste water sludge at its Condé sur Vire site: recycling the water and getting rid of unpleasant odours. Unpleasant odours have disappeared thanks to a thicker sludge and a new spreading system. And as the spreading process only takes place twice per year, it also saves fuel!

At the end of 2017,
85% of our industrial waste
is recovered
(only 75% 5 years ago)

Waste recovery

Three sorts of waste are sorted at the Condé-sur-Vire site to be recycled: cardboard, plastic film and plastic/aluminium packaging. Cardboard and plastic film are sorted and collected in two different compactors. This way they are recycled more efficiently and the space created by compacting the waste saves on transport. Plastic/aluminium packaging, which used to be collected in a Common Industrial Waste bin, is now recycled by an independent waste collector.

You too should try to recycle! Our cartons and bottles of cream are recyclable as well as the cardboard sleeve on our mini-butters and even the mini-cartons of butter that come in packs of two. The cardboard tubs of Carré Frais portions are also recyclable.

Greenhouse gas emissions report

Law No. 2010-788 of 12 July 2010 known as the ‘Grenelle II Law’ has written into the environmental code that businesses, which have more than 500 employees, must carry out an assessment of greenhouse gas emissions.

After a first assessment which was carried out in December 2012, we carried out a second assessment in December 2015 which included the sites of Condé sur Vire, Claix and Viroflay.

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You can also find below a review of our planned actions for the next 3 years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of achieving a decrease of 6%.

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Results achieved between 2015 and 2017

Lower water consumption: -4%
Decrease in electricity consumption: -5%
Industrial waste is valued at 85%
Decrease of our CO2 emissions: -10%

Renewal of the positive opinion on our progress plan.

Our partners

For the majority of its creams, Elle & Vire has chosen packaging which respects the environment, not just because of its composition but also because it is recyclable.


Invented in 1969, the aseptic packaging in the form of a Tetra Pak carton preserves not only the flavour of the milk but also all of its nutritional qualities. This packaging is an unprecedented innovation. It is made from cardboard, which makes it very sturdy, polyethylene, so it is completely water-tight, and aluminium, which protects the product from light and oxygen despite being six times thinner than a strand of hair! Filling the packaging in an aseptic environment is also a major innovation: it is now possible to have milk which stays fresh for several months, at room temperature and which doesn’t contain any preservatives.

More than 1 million empty Tetra Brik cartons can be transported in a 25 tonne lorry! This packaging is also recyclable, unbreakable, light and easy to store. Tetra Pak has made firm commitments to protect the environment. The cardboard is from managed forests, which are continually renewed. After use, and thanks to selective sorting, each carton can be made into something else, transformed into paper towels or a school book. Tetra Pak is also trying to reduce the impact of its factories worldwide with the aim of keeping its carbon impact in 2020 at the same level as in 2010, even taking into account the growth of the business.

Now you can understand why Elle & Vire joined forces with Tetra Pak right from the beginning to package its products! For example, did you know that the 20cl whole cream brick is fully recyclable? So you can throw it out after use with the cap in your sorting bin.

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Founded in 1956, ELOPAK is a Norwegian company specialising in manufacturing Pure Pak® (gable top cartons) packaging and is a supplier of packaging systems for liquid food products.

ELOPAK strives to offer different and innovative formats which prioritise the quality, practicality and possible uses for the consumer.
ELOPAK uses paperboard for its cartons which is resolutely natural as it is made from a renewable and recyclable material.

For the majority of our fresh creams (full-fat whipping cream, low fatand extra-low fat cream, 35% fat cream, cream with Mascarpone), Elle & Vire has chosen Elopak’s carton packaging for its environmental qualities.

Elopak packaging is :
· Predominantly from renewable resources
· Recyclable
. Sorted by customers after use (selective sorting)

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