Are you looking to feed your dog complete and healthy pet food without damaging the planet?
If so, you’ve probably researched dog food brands who have an environmentally-friendly approach to their business.
With the climate crisis a pressing concern for the world’s population, there’s never been a better time to find a sustainable dog food option for your pup.
After all, we all need to do our bit for the environment – and that includes pet owners too.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at Chippin, who have adopted an eco-friendly approach to their business.
From the ingredients to the packaging, cooking processes to supporting environmental programs, there are quite a few reasons why you may want to give Chippin a try.
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1) Low Carbon Footprint
Chippin are proud of their low carbon footprint (or should we say, pawprint!) – it’s the first thing you’ll notice when you land on their website. The dog food company explain that all the pets in the USA would rank fifth in terms of global meat consumption if they were a country rather than much-loved furry companions. ‘Carbon footprint’ refers to the amount of water, land and greenhouse gas emissions that are involved in the production products such as dog food. Chippin, though, is powered by proteins that typically use 80 per cent less resources compared to traditional protein that you’d expect to find in your pet’s bowl.
2) Plastic Neutral
Chippin is certified ‘Plastic neutral’. This refers to the brand’s promise that for every piece of plastic created by Chippin, a measured equivalent of plastic waste will be removed and recovered from the environment. Chippin proudly declare on their website that they’re certified Plastic Neutral through their partnership with rePurpose Global, who remove as much nature-bound plastic as Chippin create through the running of their pet food business.
3) Carbon Neutral Shipping
Continuing the environmental theme, Chippin have partnered with Pachama to provide carbon neutral shipping. Effectively, Chippin are looking to cut down on the carbon footprint associated with the shipping of their products. So how does it work? Chippin write that every purchase of their dog food from their website comes with carbon neutral shipping. Pachama offsets the carbon footprint of your order by funding “high-impact forest conversation and restoration projects” worldwide.
4) Oven Baked
Chippin cook their recipes in the oven at low temperatures. By doing so, it ensures that the natural nutrients in the food are preserved. It can also help to bring out the aroma and flavours in the recipes, something which could be useful if you’ve got a picky eater.
5) Transparent USA-sourced Ingredients
Chippin offer just one recipe in terms of daily dog food on their website – Silver Carp Daily Food. However, they do have a range of dog treats, including Smokehouse BBQ (cricket protein) and Spirulina Dailies (vegan). Chippin source the wild-caught Silver Carp direct from USA fisherman. They’ve partnered with small-to-medium sized local farms to source their ingredients and they say ‘no’ to commodity meats from unknown sources. In fact, you can trace Chippin’s ingredients to the bowl thanks to their transparent approach.
6) Developed By Vets
You can have complete peace of mind knowing that Chippin’s products have been developed with the help of veterinarians. Their website explains that all Chippin products have been developed and overseen by their board certified nutritional Dr Beth Hamper DVM. Their website also says that they partner with scientists and universities to conduct nutritional analysis.
7) Silver Carp
As we mentioned above, Chippin offer one daily dog food recipe, featuring Silver Carp as the protein source. While you may be looking for some more variety, Chippin have some good reasons why they’ve settled on this particular fish. Silver Carp is an overpopulated fish in the USA so by using it in their food, they claim to be helping to restore biodiversity. Chippin’s website states that Silver Carp is a highly digestible protein that contains all 10 essential amino acids. They also claim that unlike Tuna and other fish, Silver Carp is a clean option with no detectable heavy metals such as mercury.
8) Vegan Dog Treats
If you’re vegetarian or vegan and you’d like to add a vegan element into your dog’s diet, Chippin have you covered. They’ve got vegan dog treats so you can complement your dog’s regular meals with some meat-free tasty snacks. Spirulina Dailies are comprised of kale, carrots and spirulina. The latter is a sustainable protein source to provide your dog with a vegan option. Their website outlines why they decided to use spirulina: “Spirulina is a highly digestible blue-green algae and vegan protein that is more than 55 per cent protein”. They also explain that spirulina requires CO2 to grow, so it can help to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
9) Insect Protein
A number of dog food brands are starting to offer insect protein meals to our canine companions as an alternative to traditional meat. While Chippin use Silver Carp in their daily dog food, they do have an insect-based dog treat range to provide pet owners with the chance to reward their dog in a more planet-friendly way. Their Smokehouse BBQ Treats are created using pumpkin, carrots and cricket protein. Why cricket protein? It’s a highly digestible protein with 10 essential amino acids. Chippin’s website also explains that cricket protein is a natural source of prebiotic fiber. Furthermore, they point out that it takes one gallon of water to produce 1lb of cricket protein, compared to 2,000 gallons of water to produce 1lb of beef protein.
Visit chippinpet.com to find out more.