• Hahnbee Choi, Cert. CN

5 Ways To Make Raw Feeding More Sustainable

Updated: May 14

When feeding a raw diet, there tends to be a lot of waste. And if sustainability is important to you, you may be looking for some eco-friendly swaps.

There have been many improvements, such as more bulk ordering options and eco-friendly packaging, but there's still a ways to go. So here are some quick tips to be more eco-friendly when feeding raw!

Source from regenerative/reputable suppliers

Supporting regenerative farmers or eco-conscious companies such as @vivarawpets (use STORMY10 to save!) are the easiest way to change your environmental impact. Regenerative farming has carbon 111% lower than conventional beef, which means regenerative farming has a negative net carbon footprint.

Using reusable rags versus single-use paper towels

When raw feeding, there is endless cleaning which calls for single-use paper towels and/or cleaning wipes. Instead, you can make an easy swap for reusable rags. Save old shirts, towels, and more to reuse as clean-up rags.

Swapping toxic cleaners for eco-friendly

Many modern cleaners have harmful chemicals to us, our pets, and the earth. Common cleaners may seem harmless, but more and more literature shows the harmful effects on humans and animals. A study published in Science Direct showed that 21 different phthalates (common chemicals in cleaners) were measured for the first time in dog and cat urine. It’s super easy to purchase or even make a non-toxic cleaner.

Exchanging single-use storage containers for reusable ones

Raw food comes in plastic and must be stored in a sanitary way in the freezer, which often calls for ziplock bags. Try reusing ziplock bags as many times possible before tossing or even swapping for plastic/metal/glass meal prep containers to store!

Purchasing meat in bulk

Meat is shipped in plastic bags. But when ordering in bulk, it allows you to reduce the amount of plastic being used overall! Many companies will also have flat rate shipping or discounts for bulk orders.

Beware of greenwashing

Greenwashing essentially means that brands are misleading consumers to conclude statements about their products that are untrue. They add flashy words and colors onto the product to make it seem “healthier” and “eco-friendly.” Remember, just because they claim something, it does not mean that it is true. Many labels seem like they have a more eco/health-conscious product when they have an empty meaning in reality.

While these all seem like little steps, they bring us towards the bigger goal! Of course, there are many more points to cover, but these were just brief points on the most significant changes you can make as a raw feeder.