Being Kind to Our Environment
Well, I do my best to recycle. But there are some things I just don’t know which bin to throw stuff into. I think the manufacturers know what they’re doing and do this to people on purpose!
Never, have I ever been more concerned about packaging as I am today. I travel frequently and packaging is a big deal. It can sway my choice of dog food purchases at the drop of a dime!
Apparently, I am not the only individual thinking about this. Our sources reveal that there is a new pet packaging in town. It’s made by Mondi/Dow Premium Pet packaging. Last fall, Packaging World published that ‘pet-owning customers are beginning to pay more attention to the dog food bag itself.’
On a recent trip to the store for sundries, I did the same thing. It was an impulse purchase for a well cared for and much-spoiled dog who didn’t need not one more thang! But, the packaging was great and eventually she could use what I am buying anyway..sooo….
I purchased a 2.7 lb bag of Ceasar Rotisserie Chicken Flavor and Spring Vegetables Garnish just because I could. Sophia doesn’t care for it very much compared to that Moist and Meaty Steak Flavor meal I’ve been feeding her at the top of the day. However, she’ll nibble on this very dry, very crunchy food after our evening walk. The most food she can have is 1 1/3 cup each day to maintain her figure. At the evening meal, I switch up flavors and textures and just give her 1/3 cup. Honestly, she snubs me some days and prefers snuggling instead. [Breakfast can wait :)]
Anyways, what I was saying was is that the packaging is most utilitarian. It’s an old classic dog food staple in fancy-schmancy new packaging. No more paper sack. That sack has been replaced with a high-quality plas-tic-ey bag with an airtight ziplock seal. I mean, most babies couldn’t accomplish opening the bag before you noticed, right? And who doesn’t love a resealable bag? I rest my case but, we aren’t just talking cutesy here. We are talking recyclable which is great for everyone. Reduction in waste materials is fine for your home, and fine for our ecosystem [so long as you recycle, you dig?] Plus recycling saves energy and increases economic security.
Well, if you are like me, aren’t there yet, and have ones [dog food bags] that are not recyclable, this company will recycle your dog food bags for you. ==>
Dogs eat a lot of food, which means there’s a lot of empty bags! Did you wonder about the impact those bags have on our landfills and stuff? A company called TerraCycle is helping pet parents and their dogs be green by giving them a simple way to recycle and upcycle their dog food bags.
Just Google for more on that.
The materials that make up the pack are certified recyclable by the Institute cyclos HTP. The Institute cyclos HTP is a recycling lab. The lab specializes in the classification, assessment, and certification of recyclability of packaging.
Now, Zooplus AG is an online retailer of pet food and supplies.. Are you following this? Okay. Zooplus wanted much greater recyclability for its packaging and was not willing to compromise on any performance properties. Performance properties for pet food packaging are how the packaging performs or protects the food and how the packaging looks to the consumer. The industry jargon includes ‘barrier protection’ or ‘aesthetics’. Mondi (Mondi is an international packaging and paper group) says that its materials provide all the necessary barrier properties to protect against the unwanted transmission of moisture, oxygen, and odors with a premium look and feel.
Protection against unwanted transmission of moisture, oxygen, and odors with a premium look and feel is all I’ve ever wanted. For real.
And, there is a case study to back things up a bit.
These are recent Mondi/Dow Premium Pet Packaging survey findings:
*Three pet owners claimed they would switch to a brand that offers more sustainable packaging. That’s it.
I did. I just do this automatically. And no one asked me my opinion on anything. And, I am not sponsored. I spend my own money on Sophia’s dog food. And on any treats and dog food gifts that I give away at parties and dog parks! Technically, this survey number will grow from 3 pet owners to four pet owners if they ask and include me. ? ?
This is a big deal. Anyhow, I tried finding out if the bag that came with the Cesar dog food is made of this new material and can be recycled. This bag looks like the new stuff to my untrained eyes. The chat operator at the website I landed on could not confirm yay or nay, but welcomed me to use their resources. After a while, I did what anybody would do…
Hey, Google? How do I know If my dog food bag is recyclable?
A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t tear the paper, it can’t be recycled. Most pet food bags are lined with paper and plastic layers that have been sealed together and should not be recycled. If the layers can be separated, do so.
Well, I’ve decided to 86 this one the way I usually do. ==>
I am just saying, a lot of thought goes into this. And you simply must keep up with these trends. You don’t want to get stuck with the paper bag when anybody whose anybody is carrying this new stuff!
I know this getting deep. But we are talking about trends. What’s new, what’s hip, what’s hot? Did you know that there is an entire library dedicated to this purpose? Well, there is.
Business Intelligence Library. They do a lot of stuff there. International research, Industry reports, Benchmarking and Economic reports. All the stuff I like.
Okay. So they did this study recently. It’s all about Trends and Drivers Impacting the Pet Food Industry. And this study also identified a trend on how people, particularly in mature markets like the U.S. and Europe, “humanize” our pets, and wish to give them the best, most luxurious food.
More on that study via Google.
Here’s the good part…
This trend accompanies a continued shift of packaging towards pouches to prevent the deterioration of nutrients through oxidation.
You see? Get the pouch! Say no to that ratty old paper bag! Don’t fall for it! Lol! Just kidding…buy what you like. But uh…the new space age recyclable bag is where it’s at RIGHT NOW. Ahem
So, Mondi is supplying mono-material, recyclable packaging to Zooplus AG. Remember, I told you earlier that Zooplus AG is an online retailer of pet food and supplies? Well, they are a leading online retailer, and they have a new dry dog food product line. And that is why Mondi supplying Zooplus AG with this mono-material, recyclable packaging.
What The What?
What the what? What is mono-material?
Mono-material flexible packaging uses one polymer only — most often polyethylene. Commonly found in plastic bags, produce bags, and self-sealed food storage bags, these can currently be collected and recycled throughout the U.S. at store-drop-off centers, or in limited municipal curbside collection programs.
The materials that make up the pack ( I didn’t tell you earlier, I’m sorry) are:
#1 A Pre-Made Flexi-Bag Recyclable [polyethylene-based product with a barrier that is fully recyclable.] And…
#2 A Barrier Pack Recyclable [an award-winning packaging that is recyclable. No waste to landfill.]
Now that you’ve got the two components, go ahead and combine them. Then you are gonna get Form-Fill-and-Seal (FFS) Reel Material – and both #1 and #2 have been certified recyclable by the Institute cyclos HTP, which, I told you earlier, specializes in the classification, assessment, and certification of recyclability of packaging.
If you went to college and became a packaging expert, give us a holler. I find his intriguing to a fault, but in all actuality, someone, for the sake of humankind, and petkind, has carefully thought this out, so that people like me and thedoggyperspective.comers can shop for and acquire these wonderfully packaged items. Based on the response I got at Hey Google? …this bag may be in contention.
You will be happy to know that just because the bag is recyclable, there’s been no compromise on any performance properties. That includes barrier protection, and or aesthetics (jargon). And oh, the bag still has to be attractive. Mmmm Hmmm.
From Our Table
Alright! That is what’s it, and what’s on our table.
Once again we are [I mean Sophia is] having Cesar Rotisserie Chicken and Spring Vegetables Garnish. Run and go get yours. Here you go!
$5.99 at Instacart If you ask for a 2.7 pounder.
$8.89 at Target The 5 pounder bag is where this store starts from.
In Other News
Useful Technology To Sweeten The Deal Between You And Your Doggo
#1 Just for fun, go to the Google Playstore and download Dog Scanner – Dog Breed Identification
The Dog Scanner app will identify your dog’s breed reliably in just a few seconds! Besides taking a picture, you can also record a video or upload an image from your gallery.
Do you have a mixed breed?
No problem, the Dog Scanner app also recognizes mixed breeds! Provides users with detailed data and interesting facts about the different breeds of your mixed breed dog.
Have fun! The Dog Scanner app also recognizes humans: Simply scan yourself, your friends, your family or the people around you and find out which dogs you resemble the most!
Catch all dog breeds and become an expert!
The Dog Scanner app currently identifies more than 370 different dog breeds.
Give feedback on the Dog Scanner app.
A premium version is available, with no ads, and includes in-app purchases.
Connect via Social Media.
You will get all features and be able to identify a dog’s breed or get access to an extensive database at any time!
Straight from Google play guys. It’s fun and I am not joking. Make your trip to the dog park or climb as a pet parent socialite the most fun amongst the doggy elite! Get that snapshot, then ask ” Is that a … ?” Lol! Win friends and amaze people. Heck! Just amaze yourself!
#2 Dog Walk – Track your dogs!
Track the daily walks with your beloved dog! Record the route, distance, and the duration of each walk to see all the exercise your puppy gets each day. Take photos of your walks and share your great experiences with friends and family. You can also log where your puppy made a pee or a poo. Based on that pee marker you can see where your dog usually goes potty :).
The Dog Walk App is a great way to create lasting memories! Also, very helpful if you are a dog walker and want to record the activities for the owner.
*** Easy interface ***
*** Take pictures ***
*** Pee & Poo ***
*** Share ***
*** Stay fit ***
I like this one. I use this one. Enuf said. Again, at the Google Play Store.
#3 DogLog – Track your Pet’s Life
DogLog is a free and easy-to-use pet care app that makes pet ownership less stressful.
It helps dog owners track their pet’s health, coordinates daily pet-related tasks, and reminds everyone when it’s time to give medicine or go to the vet.
With DogLog, you’ll never again have to ask if the dog has been fed or what their chip # is because all the important info is in the palm of your hand.
Don’t spend any more time wondering if your dog has been taken care of, download DogLog, and enjoy the serenity of always knowing how your dog’s day is going.
1. Form a “pack” with your fellow dog caretakers
2. Log activities, such as giving food, going on a walk, and giving medication
3. Add comments to activities to provide extra information
4. Get notified when activities are logged for your pet with alerts.
5. Create reminders and alerts so you never forget to take care of your pet.
6. Use the Statistics page to get insights about your dog’s life
7. Share photos and messages to fellow caretakers with just a few taps.
FOR PET SITTERS AND DOG WALKERS, TOO
DogLog is also great for dog walkers (like dog walking) and pet sitting. Receive text notifications while you’re on vacation so you have peace of mind.
ACTIVITIES YOU CAN LOG:
– Teeth brushing
– Custom – Anything else you want
Man! Google Play has got it going on Dog Lovers! These apps are free free free. Just download and go.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I gotta go!. Please join us again for more blog articles soon. I just adore your company and enjoy hearing from you! Leave us a comment in the box below. I absolutely want to know what your opinions of these three free dog technology apps are. Bye!