The pet industry is growing rapidly, but the environmental impact of conventional farming practices used to produce pet products is understandably concerning.
Sustainability and regenerative farming practices are becoming increasingly important in the production of pet products.
In this guide, we’ll discuss why sustainability matters in the pet industry and take a look at Pet Releaf’s planet-forward initiatives.
The Need for Sustainable Farming in the Pet Industry
A major portion of the pet industry significantly contributes to environmental issues, including deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and water pollution. Conventional farming practices used to produce pet food rely heavily on chemical inputs, monoculture, and intensive livestock farming, all of which harm the environment over time.
Moreover, these practices are inherently unsustainable and contribute to the depletion of natural resources. As the pet industry grows, sustainable farming practices are becoming increasingly critical.
Sustainable and regenerative farming practices can provide healthier pet food, improve soil health, and reduce the environmental impact of pet products.
The Benefits of Regenerative Farming for Pet Products
Regenerative farming is not only good for the environment, but it can also provide numerous benefits for our furry friends. Here are some of the ways that regenerative farming can benefit pet products:
Healthier Ingredients for Pet Food
Regenerative farming practices produce more nutrient-dense ingredients that can improve pets’ overall health. Studies have shown that pets fed with organic and regenerative-fed diets have better weight management, digestion, and immune function. Plus, regenerative farming avoids the use of harmful chemicals and genetically modified organisms that can have negative impacts on pet health.
Improved Soil Health
Regenerative farming practices promote biodiversity and natural processes that help rebuild soil fertility and reduce soil erosion. Healthier soils produce healthier crops, providing better nutrition for pets. Supporting regenerative farming practices can ensure our pets eat high-quality, healthy ingredients.
Increased Sustainability of Pet Products
Regenerative farming practices are inherently sustainable, promoting long-term environmental health. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting carbon sequestration with regenerative farming can help mitigate climate change. Also, supporting brands that use regenerative farming practices can help ensure the pet industry is more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Pet Releaf’s Planet-Forward Initiatives
At Pet Releaf, we’re passionate about promoting sustainability throughout every step of our manufacturing process. We believe that by practicing regenerative and organic farming, promoting water security and efficiency, and sourcing sustainable ingredients, we can positively impact the planet.
Here are some of our planet-forward initiatives:
Regenerative and Organic Farming Practices
We partner with regenerative and organic farms that practice reducing, reusing, and recycling principles for a gentler approach to sustainable farming. Regenerative farming improves farms’ soil health and promotes biodiversity, water cycle improvement, and increased resilience to climate change.
Water Security and Efficiency
We’re committed to promoting water security and improving operational water-use efficiency in our agricultural supply chain in high water-risk areas. For example, our regenerative farmers have reduced their water usage by 86% by using organic hemp farming instead of organic corn silage.
Additionally, by building a state-of-the-art extraction facility on the farmland itself, we’ve significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating the need to transport the hemp biomass to another location.
Sustainable Manufacturing Partners
We’re selective in choosing our manufacturing partners, working only with sustainable manufacturers that utilize 100% renewable electricity and are certified 100% wind power. Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in our policy that all our manufacturing partners are currently or in the process of becoming Certified Organic.
Sustainable Ingredient Sourcing
We source many of our ingredients as Certified Organic and also source sustainable, plant-based ingredients whenever possible. We also source ingredients from companies that prevent deforestation of sensitive geographies, such as rainforests. Additionally, most of our inputs, ingredients, and packaging in our supply chains are sourced locally in Colorado to help reduce greenhouse gases that result from heavy diesel trains and tractor-trailers.
Our goal is to further reduce, recycle, and reinvent our packaging by utilizing 100% recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable options. By constantly striving to enhance our sustainability standards, we ensure we do our part to protect the planet and promote a more sustainable future.
The Importance of Supporting Sustainable Pet Brands
As consumers, we have the power to make a positive impact on the environment by supporting sustainable pet brands. Here’s why it’s important to choose brands like Pet Releaf that prioritize sustainability:
By supporting sustainable pet brands, we can help reduce the negative environmental impact of pet products. Sustainable farming practices can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote biodiversity, and conserve natural resources.
Sustainable pet brands often use healthier and more natural ingredients, which can improve the overall health of pets. Studies have shown that pets fed with organic and regenerative-fed diets have better weight management, digestion, and immune function.
Sustainable pet brands focus on long-term sustainability and consider the impact of their practices on future generations. By choosing sustainable pet brands, we can promote a more sustainable future for our pets and the planet.
Sustainable pet brands often have higher ethical standards when it comes to animal welfare and worker treatment. By choosing brands prioritizing ethical standards, we can ensure that our pets are treated with the respect and care they deserve.
Supporting sustainable pet brands enables us to send a strong message to the industry that consumers care about sustainability and expect brands to prioritize it. This can help drive the industry towards more sustainable practices and a more eco-friendly future.
Prioritizing Eco-Friendly Pet Products
Join us in our mission to promote healthy and sustainable products for pets. By choosing Pet Releaf, you’re not only providing your furry friend with the highest quality CBD products but also supporting a company that values honesty, integrity, and sustainability.
We’ve helped more than 5 million pets and are dedicated to continuing to provide products that support situational stress, hip and joint health, and a healthy immune system.
With your support, we can continue to make a difference in pets’ lives and promote a healthier, more sustainable future.