Pet Food Sustainability: Protect, Reduce & Invest Posted on October 24, 2016 Updated April 19, 2017 To celebrate Earth Day, The Pet Food Institute is sharing this past article again to offer insight into how pet food and treat makers are using sustainable production practices designed to protect the environment, while providing pets with safe, healthy food. U.S. pet food makers are playing a critical role in supporting our environment and communities, now and for the future, in three main areas: Production Efficiencies Continuous innovations and enhancements in the production of pet food allows PFI members to protect our existing natural resources, such as energy and water. This includes efficiencies in manufacturing facilities, distribution networks and product packaging. Responsible Ingredient Sourcing Safe and nutritious pet food begins with the ingredients. The use of animal- and plant-based ingredients that are produced during the processing of human food helps to reduce food waste and prevent added stresses related to increased agricultural production. Supporting the Economy, Pets and People Sustainability means an investment in the future. PFI members directly employ tens of thousands of jobs, support related suppliers across the nation, and engage in programs to support their communities – all helping to support a thriving landscape for generations to come. Visit our new infograph to learn more about pet food makers’ positive impact on sustainability or click on the image below to expand.