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Your guide to sustainable pet food

10th February 2020

Understanding how much of an ecological impact your choice of pet food can have is important for living a sustainable lifestyle.

Making sustainable choices for your pet

Most of us strive to make eco-conscious choices, but it’s easy to forget that our pets have ecological pawprints too.

Don’t worry because there are loads of ways to make sustainable choices for your pets. Here are a couple of ideas to consider if you want to minimise your pet’s ecological pawprint.

Consider the packaging your pet food comes in

Over the course of its lifetime, the average cat goes through 21,800 plastic pouches. That’s an awful lot of plastic waste – only 0.005% of plastic pouches are recycled. 

So, rather than buying plastic pouches, try choosing infinitely recyclable metal tins or trays. Unlike many packaging materials, metal is easy to recycle. In fact, because it doesn’t degrade after each use, 75% of all aluminium used since 1888 is still in use today! 

Metal tins like this one are infinitely recyclable. 

Metal is also a great packaging material because it keeps food fresh for longer. It’s natural preservative properties mean tinned pet food stays full of nutritional goodness for 24 months, which helps to reduce food waste too.

Choose packs made with plants

If you’re determined to ditch plastic and use 100% sustainable packaging consider brands that use bags made from biodegradable materials. 

Biodegradable materials break down naturally when industrially composted, meaning bags like those used by Edgard & Cooper will effectively disappear approximately 6 months after use. This is because their bags are made using plants rather than plastics – namely paper (from carefully managed and replanted forests) and potatoes. What could be more natural than that? 

Industrially compostable packaging is made from plants rather than fossil-fuels, and when disposed of properly it decomposes into natural fertiliser.

Look for brands that use higher welfare meat

If you consider yourself an animal lover, it’s worth considering the provenance of the meat your pets eat. The majority of meat production is made using ethically unsound processes that involve long supply chains and poor welfare standards. 

The good news is that the choice of pet foods that contain high welfare meat is growing and it’s becoming easier to feed your pets the meat they love, safe in the knowledge that it’s responsibly produced and sustainably sourced.  

Look out for indications that pet food is ethically reared and responsibly produced like organic or free range for pork and poultry and ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) and MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification for fish. 

Edgard & Cooper, for example, use lots of high quality fresh, natural ingredients that are sourced from suppliers they know share their values and, where possible, they ensure meat is sourced locally. Their focus on quality, fresh ingredients means their pet food is healthy, tasty and sustainable. 

Edgard & Cooper’s range of sustainable pet food is now available to buy at Farmdrop.com

 

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