PetSmart Steps Up to Expand Sustainable Pet Care Solutions

PetSmart’s latest leap in sustainability ensures your pets’ carbon pawprint is as small as their real ones.

PetSmart, a provider of pet products and services, is actively expanding its selection of sustainable products in response to a growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly options. According to Joanne Dwyer, PetSmart’s Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Communications, the company is strengthening its efforts through strategic partnerships with entities like West Paw, PetPlate and TerraCycle to increase the accessibility of sustainable products.

A diverse range of eco-friendly products

PetSmart’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its enhanced product assortment, which now includes:

  • West Paw: This Certified B Corporation manufactures durable dog toys and pet products that prioritize sustainability through the use of eco-friendly materials and processes.
  • PetPlate: Known for its veterinarian-designed recipes, PetPlate provides frozen, gently cooked meals made from high-quality, human-grade ingredients, offering healthier alternatives to traditional pet food. 
  • Only Natural Pet: As a subsidiary of PetSmart and a Certified B Corporation, Only Natural Pet offers a range of products made from natural, high-quality ingredients that are responsibly sourced.

Recycling and waste reduction initiatives

PetSmart is actively addressing the end-of-life for pet products with new recycling initiatives aimed at waste reduction. The company has joined the West Paw Loop® Takeback Program to become the first national retailer to collect used West Paw dog toys at over 75 store locations. The toys are then recycled into new products, demonstrating a sustainable, closed-loop process.

In addition to the toy takeback program, PetSmart has partnered with TerraCycle to launch a pet food bag takeback initiative starting this summer. Recognizing that pet food bags are typically not recyclable through curbside programs, this initiative will begin in 100 stores with the intention of expanding throughout the PetSmart chain. This program makes it easier for pet owners to participate in sustainable practices by providing a convenient way to dispose of pet food packaging responsibly.

Corporate social responsibility reporting

These sustainability initiatives are highlighted in PetSmart’s second annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible business practices. This report, now aligned with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, outlines PetSmart’s strategic pillars and progress in fostering a healthier and happier pet community while being mindful of environmental impacts.

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