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PACKAGING
GROUP EFFORT
Developing and utilizing sustainable packaging requires
teamwork - from supplier to processor to the end user.
By Kimberlie Clyma | kclyma@sosland.com
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As the sustainability narrative continues throughout the
pet food industry, processors and suppliers continue
to establish initiatives that reflect their commitment to
improve operations that impact people, pets and the
planet. These actions include committing to employee
wellbeing as well as the welfare of the communities in
which they reside, employing sustainable sourcing up
and down their supply chains, and utilizing responsible
resource management. It's not enough to simply produce
healthy and nutritious pet food; it's essential that those
production processes don't result in negative impacts.
In an effort to dissect these macro sustainability initiatives
into micro missions, industry stakeholders acknowledge
the need to take a close look at the packaging
piece of the puzzle.
" We have come to understand that the pet industry
makes 300 million lbs of pet food packaging each year,
with 99% of it ending up in landfills, " said Ali Boden,
senior packaging manager for the Pet Sustainability
Coalition, Boulder, Colo. " This is mostly because most
pet food and treats have been packaged in multi-material
flexible pouches and bags that cannot be easily
recycled. "
To reduce the potential environmental impact of pet
food packaging - which remains essential to protecting
the integrity, safety and shelf life of the pet foods it encases
- processors are considering sustainable options
including recyclable and compostable packaging.
Consumer demand
While the decision to seek out and utilize sustainable
packaging lies in the hands of the pet food processor,
the influence to employ more sustainable solutions oftentimes
involves a trickle-down effect. Consumers are
calling for change and have high expectations from the
brands they choose to spend their money on - especially
younger consumers.
" Consumers are the ultimate driver for sustainable
packaging, " said Alex Dam, executive vice president of
Vietnam-based Thanh Phu Packaging Co. " They want
packaging that is more friendly to the environment,
particularly younger consumers. This new generation of
consumers values brands offering good products while
maintaining a sustainable environmental footprint. "
According to the recent " 2024 Sustainability and
Convenience in Packaging Survey " from ALPLA
Group, a global plastic packaging company based in
McDonough, Ga., consumers between the ages of 18
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