Removing twice as muchplastic from nature as used in our products
Our partnership with rePurpose Global is the cornerstone of our sustainability journey. By redefining waste as a resource, we create a greener future and leave a lasting legacy for generations. Together, we embrace conscious choices that make a positive impact.
Creating impact that matters
In the last 6 months alone, we have worked with rePurpose Global and have managed to make our planet cleaner and greener.
lbs of plastic waste recovered from nature annually
Equivalent amount of single-use plastic plastic bags removed from nature annually.
Waste workers & family members provided with additional income.
We report the yearly amount of total bags sold to our partners at rePurpose Global.
Based on our yearly plastics footprint, we donate $0.55/kg of plastic we put into the world.
Our donation allows rePurpose Global to remove plastics from our oceans, landfills, and forests.
What does it mean that PawzNDogz is Plastic Negative?
Having Plastic Negative products means that we have measured the product’s plastic footprint -using re Purpose Global’s robust measurement tool - and we fund the recovery of twice as much plastic waste from nature as we use in PawzNDogz's packaging.
To be Plastic Negative certiﬁed, we were supported to:
- measure PawzNDogz's plastic use
- commit to plastic reductions
- recover twice as much plastic is used in PawzNDogz’s footprint through plastic recovery at
rePurpose Global’s impact project Saaf Samudra in Goa, India.
This is just one part of our wider sustainability strategy that aims to increase our positive impact on our planet.
On our behalf, Saaf Samudra employs and empowers marginalized waste workers to recover 0.55kg of low-value plastic waste per year – plastic that is otherwise landfilled, burned, or flushed into our natural environment.
Click here to learn more about our Plastic Negative journey. For more information about rePurpose Global, see their website.
How does this initiative positively impact communities on the frontlines of environmental protection?
Millions of workers are engaged with informal recycling across cities in the developing world- from Nairobi and Bogotá, to Mumbai and Jakarta. They play a crucial role in dealing with the consequences of our consumption. However, their environmental work is often unappreciated and waste workers can be discriminated against, marginalized, and underpaid. With small and unreliable incomes, no progression or training, and harsh working conditions, workers are often stuck in a cycle of intergenerational poverty.
Your PawzNDogz purchase is helping to create new realities for these unsung environmental heroes. Through our partnership with rePurpose Global, we contribute to waste workers having fairer and more reliable incomes, more status in communities, and safer working conditions.
Why are you still using plastic at all? Can't you figure out something better for the environment?
Plastic is an incredibly durable, affordable, and lightweight material that guarantees product quality, reduces food waste (as a result of improved shelf life), and reduces carbon footprints in transportation compared to glass or metal.
However, we’re all becoming more and more aware of the devastating impact it can have on not just our oceans, but land-based ecosystems, communities, and even human health. That’s why we’re taking action!
Our Plastic Negative certification empowers us to create an immediate impact on the plastic waste crisis, while we work hard towards our long-term sustainability goals.
What are you doing going forward to further reduce your environmental footprint?
PawzNDogz is working hard to establish packaging reduction goals that will reduce our plastic footprint further. We are evaluating our supply chain to see where else we can take action.
My purchase is happening in Canada. Why are your Plastic Negative contributions happening in Goa, India?
Our packaging may be generated and collected here in Canada, but plastic waste is a global issue. For example, the US is the world’s biggest plastic polluter, and per capita plastic use is 6-10 times higher, on average, in Western Europe and North America than it is in India.
Despite plastic waste generation soaring, recycling rates are lagging behind. The U.S. exports large volumes of plastic waste to countries around the world. Shipments often go to developing countries that lack the waste management infrastructure capacity to deal with their own domestic waste.
rePurpose Global works in countries that are the weak links in the global waste ecosystem – where waste is mismanaged and most at risk of leaking into nature. In fact, 90% of plastic pollution in the oceans today stems from just 10 rivers, 8 of which are located in Asia. And when plastic ends up in the ocean, it affects us all.