Rocklin, Calif. Campfire Treats announced December 14 that it has made a complete switch to 100% biodegradable and recyclable shipping materials along the pet treat supply chain.
Plastic is a major obstacle in the pet food packaging space, as multi-layered materials make pet food the most flexible and process bags non-recyclable in current infrastructure. This includes not only the pet food packaging itself, but also shipping materials such as bubble wrap, sealing tape, and shipping labels, as reported by Campfire Treats.
“As our business has expanded, we have become increasingly frustrated about the amount of waste we were creating when sending deliveries to our customers,” said Marko Wittich, president and co-founder of Campfire Treats.
This spurred the company’s transition from plastic to paper-based shipping and packaging materials, including kraft paper, corrugated boxes, plastic-free tape and shipping labels without silicone-based liners. Disposing of the plastic from its shipping materials allowed it to move into secondary packaging that is biodegradable and 100% recyclable.
“Eco-friendly shipping materials are no compromise,” Wittich said. “Their protection properties are great and the materials are not more expensive than plastic-based solutions. Everything is commercially available. There is really no excuse for any direct-to-consumer business to continue to use shipping materials that contain plastic.”
Although it’s a “small step” for one company, Campfire Treats said it hopes to inspire other industry members to follow suit. The company stated that it will continue to make sustainable improvements across its value chain, including sourcing ethically raised meat ingredients and reducing the environmental impact of its primary product packaging.
“We may not be able to completely change the $40 billion pet food industry, but every small step is important to protecting our planet,” Witch concluded.
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