Open Farm, the first ethically raised and sourced pet food, is making its packaging nationally recyclable through a program with TerraCycle. After launching in Canada in 2014, Open Farm is now available in U.S. pet stores nationwide and the plastic bags are recyclable through TerraCycle. Open Farm is also partnering with TerraCycle Canada to operate a similar program.
“Every decision we make at Open Farm centers around doing good for pets, farm animals and the environment,” said Isaac Langleben, co-founder of Open Farm. “We take great care to ensure these values are reflected in each Open Farm bag by sourcing only the highest quality ingredients from family farms who respect the animals and land under their care. In the same way, it was important to us to find a way to respect the environment when it came to our packaging. With almost all pet food packaging being non-recyclable or thrown away, we are proud to be taking responsibility for ours.”
Open Farm consumers earn money for the waste that they recycle through TerraCycle’s Open Farm Brigade program. For every shipment weighing at least 2 pounds, collectors earn points that can be used for charity gifts or converted to cash and donated to charities of their choice. The collected packaging will be recycled into a variety of new consumer products such as park benches, bike racks, pet food bowls and recycling bins.
“Dog owners who like to feed their pets the best food possible will feel good about Open Farm,” said Tom Szaky CEO of Terracycle. “Not only does the company work with farmers who operate ethically, it has given it’s consumers a way to respect the environment by offering a recycling solution for the packaging.”
Anyone interested in the Open Farm Brigade can see program details and sign up for free at www.terracycle.com. Once they have signed up, individuals and organizations can begin collecting the pet food bags in any cardboard box. Collectors download a UPS pre-paid shipping label directly from their accounts and drop boxes off at any UPS store or pick-up site. TerraCycle will then recycle the waste into a variety of innovative, new products.