Here is our commitment to the earth.
We strive for zero-waste and offset more than 100% of our estimated carbon emissions.
What does near-zero-waste mean?
We say “near-zero” instead of “zero” because:
- We can’t guarantee that the packaging and products actually get recycled, consumed or composted. You can help by checking what goes in which bin in your region!
- We can only see and control our own process – not what goes into every single ingredient we use. It’s important that we think about the big picture to see where we can improve.
This is what it looks like from start to finish.
We buy our ingredients in recyclable packaging or in bulk without packaging at all. We also use “ugly” produce to keep perfectly good fruits & veggies from going to waste.
All of our treats and poop bags are compostable in commercial facilities. We source gear & toys that are upcycled, recycled, recyclable, made of natural materials or put the earth first.
Our treat bags (and the label) are ASTM-6400 and EN 13432 certified compostable. In general, we opt for minimal packaging to reduce our impact.
The materials we use to ship are all recyclable or compostable. Unfortunately, some carriers use plastic labels so simply remove those and sort accordingly.
What does climate positive mean?
Carbon neutrality is when the same amount of carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere is also removed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.
We offset our carbon by:
- Calculating our emissions through Climate Neutral
- Purchasing carbon offset credits through CarbonZero who invest in both local (Ontario) and global projects.
Beyond carbon credits: intersectional environmentalism
Per National Geographic, “comprising less than 5% of the world’s population, Indigenous people protect 80% of global biodiversity.” We support Indigenous climate activists and protectors. We believe that the approach to achieving environmental justice must be intersectional.
In Canada, some Indigenous groups have “challenged the use of international markets for carbon credits that turn nature’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide into a commodity to be bought and sold”.
So while we don’t love the buzzword, “climate positive” describes to our commitment to these not-so-easily-quantifiable but critically important environmental initiatives on top of offsetting our estimated carbon emissions.
- Purchasing Carbon Offsets: A Guide for Canadian Consumers, Businesses, and Organizations by The David Suzuki Foundation
- Indigenous-led Conservation and Carbon Storage in Canada by the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership
- Indigenous-led Nature Based Greenhouse Gas Offsets: One Route Towards Reconciliation in Canada by the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership
- Indigenous peoples hold the key to protecting the environment by the Sustainability Times
- What is Carbon Neutral & What Does Carbon Neutral Mean? by Inspire Clean Energy
- More companies want to be “carbon neutral.” What does that mean? by Terry Nguyen for Vox
- What is Zero Waste? by The Recycling Council of British Columbia