How We’re Keeping the Future in Mind, Today

Nurturing a Better Environment

At Purina, we've been making high-quality and nutritious pet products for more than 80 years. We're passionate about pets and the people who love them. That’s why we’re continuously working to use the earth's resources more efficiently and to further improve our impact on the environment.

We believe that the essence of sustainability is learning to live within the boundaries of nature. By finding new ways to do so, we can supply high-quality and nutritious products while improving our impact on the Earth.

Now, we want to share some of the positive steps we are taking to improve our environmental performance, although we acknowledge there is still much left to do.

Learn About The Life Cycle of a Pet Food Product.

Our sustainability-related efforts encompass the full life cycle of our products. This means everything from sourcing ingredients responsibly to using energy, water and raw materials most efficiently, to utilizing protective and increasingly recyclable packaging while optimizing the amount of materials used, to transporting products using highly efficient methods.

Our Life Cycle Approach

  • Sustainable Pet Food Ingredients


    Learn how sustainability factors into growing and harvesting our raw materials, as well as the processes that convert them into high-quality ingredients.

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  • End Of Life

    Find out whether the package that holds your Purina product is recyclable. Use our package recycling guide.

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  • Sustainable Transportation


    Discover how we’re improving the way products are transported from our factories to the retail store.

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  • Packaging

    Learn how we protect our products through use of advanced materials, water and energy in order to make a strong package with lower environmental impact.

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  • Operations

    See how Purina’s manufacturing facilities efficiently convert ingredients into high-quality products.

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Explore Sustainability

Learn more about our approach and the different life cycle stages.

Responsible Ingredient Sourcing

Growing or raising the grain and meat used in our products takes significant amounts of energy, water and nutrients and generally represents a large share of the total environmental impact of these products. In order to improve the impact these ingredients have, we are working closely with our suppliers and others to better understand our supply chain, identify the issues and opportunities that matter most and improve our performance into the future.

For example:

  • Antibiotics Position

    We believe that antibiotics should be used responsibly in farm animals and are asking suppliers to:

    · Only use antibiotics when needed to prevent, control, or treat disease
    · Never use antibiotics for growth promotion
    · Eliminate the use of antibiotics that are deemed medically important to humans
    · Administer antibiotics only under the supervision of a veterinarian

    As one the largest purchasers of farm animal protein in North America, we believe that by encouraging suppliers to adhere to these standards we can accelerate positive change. To this end, we have set a goal of purchasing only farm animal protein free of antibiotics important to human medicine by the end of 2017.
  • Sourcing Seafood Sustainably 

    Cats love fish. Because overfishing is a serious issue, we are working closely with our suppliers and outside seafood sustainability experts to better understand our supply chain and identify where improvement opportunities exist. As part of this global effort, we are exploring new, responsibly-sourced species of fish for use in future products. With Nestlé, we have also developed comprehensive Responsible Sourcing Guidelines for suppliers to ensure that Purina receives responsibly sourced seafood for use in our products over time.

  • Reducing the Impact of Mining

    We also harness the power of nature to improve the environmental impact of producing cat litter. Our Maricopa, CA mine uses the sun to evaporate some of the moisture in the clay – reducing the electricity otherwise needed for drying. Ponds at most of our mine sites naturally filter mine water before it returns to waterways. When an area of the mine is no longer needed, we restore the land to help wildlife and vegetation flourish. 

Learn More About Our Life Cycle Approach