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.

Optimizing Packaging

The packaging of our products is crucial to preventing food waste, guaranteeing our high-quality standards and informing our consumers. That's why we work to optimize the weight and volume of our packaging. We also lead the development and use of materials from sustainably-managed renewable resources, considering packaging and product performance requirements, and support initiatives to recycle or recover energy from used packaging. Finally, we also use recycled materials where there is an environmental benefit and it is appropriate.

Lightening Up

By switching to a lighter, yet stronger polypropylene “tough bag” for most large pet food bags, Purina was able to save resources and improve product protection. For instance, by moving to large polypropylene woven bags for Beneful® pet food alone, we reduced packaging weight by more than 2,000 tons in 2011.

Tidy Cats

Tidy Cats® brand cat litter, in late 2013, reduced the amount of propylene in its flagship 35-pound pail by 10 percent while maintaining similar strength and compression through a new diamond design.

Purina Pro Plan Renew Cat Litter

A new litter product made from corn cobs and cedar is our first litter to be packaged in a pressed pulp jug. Made of 93 percent recycled fiber content, the package will be totally recyclable in most curbside or community waste collection systems.

Recycling Cans

As the largest manufacturer of wet pet food in the U.S., Purina produces more than 3 billion aluminum and steel pet food cans every year. These are widely recyclable in the United States. To encourage higher can recycling rates, in 2010 and 2011 Purina’s Friskies® and Fancy Feast® brands partnered with Keep America Beautiful and RecycleBank to increase consumer aluminum can recycling awareness. The effort, called Together We Can, resulted in over 90 million consumer impressions, and featured a $100,000 donation to Keep America Beautiful.

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