Covid-19 crisis how do pet food brands face the ecological challenge?

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The current health crisis related to Covid-19 must push us to review our lifestyles, including the content of the bowls of our dogs and cats. It must also bring animal feed brands to new thinking. It puts respect for the environment and health back on the top of the priority.”

At a time when, in France and other countries, the process of gradual deconfinement is taking its course, we are invited to draw lessons from this crisis, particularly in terms of the environment. Because yes, there is a link between Covid-19 and the environment. Climate change and its consequences (increasingly high temperatures in winter…) exert an influence on certain viral diseases, increasing the degree and duration of their virulence.”

More than ever, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution must prevail. This requires profound changes in more than one aspect, including the way we feed our dogs and cats. Pet food brands therefore have a major role to play in this necessary evolution. They are called upon to act on the production itself, the materials used for manufacturing and packaging, transport and all facets of their activity likely to cause CO2 emissions and aggravate pollution.”

Totally biodegradable or recycled packaging

We are not obliged to choose between quality food for our dogs and cats and the preservation of the environment. We can quite reconcile these 2 aspects. Moreover, more and more manufacturers of kibble, pasta and pet treats are making efforts in this direction, betting on a more eco-friendly mode of operation.”

Since 2016, a new player has been a pioneer in this field by opting for 100% biodegradable packaging. Edgard & Cooper is indeed the only pet food brand to use only green materials to package its dry, wet and sweet foods.”

The kibbles are packaged in bags made of plant origin and completely biodegradable, which means that the packaging decomposes naturally after a maximum of one year even if it were to end up in the middle of nature. These bags are made from FSC-certified paper, thus coming from sustainably managed forests where trees are carefully replanted, as well as potato-based bioplastic. Why the potato? Because it comes from a low-intensity crop, is abundant in Europe and is easy to get locally, which reduces the ecological footprint associated with transport.”

Boxes and trays for wet food are made of metal, the most recycled material in the world. Not to mention that it effectively preserves the nutritional qualities of food.”

” Feeding our animals differently, with respect for their health and the environment

At a time when we are experiencing a health crisis questioning our way of functioning, we are faced with a unique opportunity to rethink our relationship with the environment. We see how human-made changes have an impact on their health. We have relentless proof that we can no longer continue to live as we used to, without worrying about what surrounds us.”

This includes the way we raise our pets and the food we give them on a daily basis. The choice made by Edgard & Cooper is, precisely, that we can offer our pets a complete, balanced food, adapted to their needs, while making a gesture for our planet.”

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And as Edgard & Cooper chose not to choose, it strives to offer, in its ecological packaging, recipes ensuring both pleasure and well-being for dogs and cats. The brand’s croquettes, pâtées and sweets are, in fact, based on fresh meat, which improves both the palatability and digestibility for your 4-legged friend. The freshness of free-air chicken, grass-fed lamb, Norwegian salmon or organic beef is the guarantee for the pet to enjoy a remarkable richness in natural nutrients. Enough to help him be healthy and support his vitality.”

Edgard & Cooper recipes are grain-free and complemented by fruits and vegetables for dogs, as well as herbs and botanical elements for cats. Sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and energy.”

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