Frequently Asked Questions
We welcome your questions about CoGo! If you don’t see yours here, please ask and we will publish an answer.
Unfortunately, there is no way to make a commercial live enzyme juice. Live enzymes only last a day after fresh pressing, and our drinks need to be safe to drink for longer than that.
All premium juices can be called “Cold Pressed” but don’t be fooled – they are all pasteurized for safety. There is no one best way to process fresh juice. The best processing method depends upon the ingredients in the juice. Flash pasteurization uses quick heat to kill potential pathogens. High Pressure pasteurization compresses the juice to achieve the same result; however our research has shown that HPP is best used only on veggie blends with a low pH. We have done considerable R & D to achieve our Perfect Process™ system to optimize safety, flavor, texture, and nutrition for each product.
It would be great if there were a good alternative to plastic containers for us. Unfortunately there just is not at this time. However, the type of plastic we use for our bottles is HDPE #2, which can be reprocessed into many items (see below), and has a strong, worldwide market. Recycling postconsumer HDPE plastic to make new products is, of course, preferable to making products from raw resources, saving landfill space, energy, water, resources, and reducing pollution.
Obviously, costs would go up significantly for our customers and us if we switched to glass, but ultimately we decided to stay away from glass to help protect the environment. The weight and bulk of glass bottles would more than double the amount of fuel that we use to transport our juice. Increasing fuel usage is not the direction we want to take as we grow.
How about the new plant-based packaging? Even the so-called “PlantBottle” is very much a plastic, and is entirely non-biodegradable. It’s almost worse, because people think PlantBottle means you can throw it in the woods and it will break down, but it is chemically identical to HDPE, made with the same chemicals, but using plant oils instead of fossil fuels. It is a step in the right direction, but the misnomer causes more trouble than it’s worth.
Tetra Pak is not good, and neither is the green washing we’re getting about it. Tetra Pak has seven layers of very thin papers, plastics, and foil. It requires special handling to recycle and very few cities in the US can handle Tetra Pak in their recycle streams. People drop it in the recycle bin, and it winds up in the landfill. Reprocessing Tetra Pak uses tremendous energy resources, requiring giant blenders to mush the paper pulp off the plastics and foils. Then it has to be separated out of the mess. What does it then become? Toilet paper. That is not a very efficient form of “re” cycling. In fact, it’s not recycling at all.
Are your bottles really that recyclable? The good news is the HDPE #2 plastic is a valuable recyclable with a strong market. The bad news is that not enough people recycle. Until a better solution to HDPE or glass is found, we’d rather support good recycling bills and state legislation to get more people on the recycling bandwagon.
These are just a few of the products that can be made from recycling HDPE:
- Film plastic and sheeting Floor tiles
- Gardening tools, flower pots, and hardscape materials (edging, etc)
- Non-food bottles – shampoo, conditioner, cleaning products, laundry cleaners, motor oil, antifreeze
- Plastic lumber – used for playgrounds, outdoor patios, picnic tables, etc.
- Recycling bins
Turning your used HDPE 2 plastic products into new things starts by you recycling your old products. Follow these steps to ensure your plastic #2 waste goes to the right place:
- Reduce your use: If you drink a lot of CoGo buy in half gallons whenever possible. And use your own bags at the grocery store!
- Curbside recycling: Milk jugs, water bottles, cleaning and cosmetic containers, and other commonly used plastics with a #2 on the bottom should also be eligible for curbside recycling.
- Repurpose at home: make into seedling containers, rinse and use for water at the gym, or construct amazing sculptures, rafts, and even homes – as some people are doing around the world
Spring and Summer: Red Ginger, Strawberry Lemonade, & Fruit Punch (formerly Raspberry Cranberry)
Summer only: Limeade
Winter only: Tangerine
Fall and Winter: Blood Orange
Our Farm Blends feature premium fruits harvested at the peak of the season, offered year-round.
Markets stock what they think you will buy. The most effective way to see your CoGo Juice, or a favorite flavor, in your local market, is to put in a request directly to the market.
No. Columbia Gorge Organic is a honest-to-goodness family farm. Since 1989, the Stewart family has farmed 180 acres in the beautiful Hood River area of Oregon.
Unlike the big guys, we do everything ourselves: we squeeze, press, or puree our own fruits and veggies, compost greenwaste, and buy directly from small, organic farms in the western US what we can’t grow on our own land. Organics do cost a little more at the register, but you get what you pay for.