PFI members reduce the environmental impact of their operations and protect our existing natural resources, such as energy and water, through continuous innovations and enhancements in the production of pet food. Key areas of innovation include renewable energy and energy efficiencies in manufacturing facilities, sustainable ingredient sourcing and responsible packaging.
PFI members recognize that manufacturing facilities, distribution networks and product packaging utilize critical natural resources and have an impact on our environment. Pet food manufacturers work in three key areas to reduce this impact and protect our planet:
Renewable Energy Sourcing and Energy Efficiency
- PFI members recognize that manufacturing and shipping pet food to their customers requires high energy demand. Sourcing renewable energy and utilizing energy efficient processes are important positive steps toward mitigating of the impact of climate change.
- Pet food makers protect existing resources by continuously improving the manufacturing process and using creative solutions in facility design to ensure energy-efficiency and sustainable practices.
- PFI members optimize energy efficiency in manufacturing and distribution, including energy and water, by sourcing renewable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste to landfills.
Ingredients and Supply Chain
- We all want healthy, nutritious and safe food for our dogs and cats. PFI members responsibly and sustainably source ingredients from a wide range of nutritious sources. These ingredients include high quality plant- and animal-based ingredients that reduce food waste in the human supply chain as well as environmental stressors related to agriculture.
- Using these safe, high-quality ingredients is a sustainable practice that helps reduce the environmental impact of human food systems while ensuring pets receive exceptional nutrition.
- These ingredients come from parts of animals and plants that may not be used in human diets; however, they provide excellent nutrition and flavor for dogs and cats.
- PFI members provide funding to sustainability organizations and suppliers to help scale regenerative practices on farms in the U.S. which leads to healthier soil and carbon sequestration.
- To support the responsible sourcing of ingredients, PFI members pursue certifications, such as the Marine Stewardship Council “blue fish label.”
Packaging is important in providing important ingredient and nutritional information for pet owners, while ensuring pet food is protected to keep it safe and retain its nutritional quality as it makes its way from manufacturers, to retailers, to homes. Packaging makes up a substantial portion of waste produced by the pet food industry and is typically passed onto the consumer for disposal. Minimizing waste is key to having a positive environmental impact, and PFI members are taking action to ensure pet food packaging is sustainable and minimizes future waste.
- With multiple recycling methods available, including in-store return and curbside methods, PFI members understand that creating recyclable packaging and innovating current technologies is crucial to packaging waste minimization.
- PFI members utilize responsible packaging that is recyclable, compostable and reusable for both consumers and manufacturing facilities, thereby reducing packaging waste.