The Petstock Group has announced a series of sustainability initiatives as it works towards a cleaner future.
The company will be implementing a range of sustainability programs across their Petstock stores, their specialty brands, and offices and distribution centres. These initiatives range from uniform and packaging recycling to installing solar panels across its network.
200,000 tonnes of textiles end up in landfill in Australia every year. The Group has partnered with Australian textile resource recovery company BlockTexx to recycle old uniforms and divert them from this fate. As uniforms bear logos and promotions, its a lot harder to donate the clothing. “As part of our commitment to the planet, we did not want to see thousands of old uniforms ending up in landfill, and sought a recycling partner with a commitment to the principles of a circular economy,” said Laveen Dhillon, Sustainability Manager for the Petstock Group.
BlockTexx uses a chemical separation process that enables the textiles to be remanufactured into two materials: rPET pellets suitable for use in injection moulding, packaging, building products and textiles; and Microcrystalline cellulose for use in many industries such as agricultural, building and manufacturing. BlockTexx projects that for every 1kg of unwanted textiles processed equals 30kg of CO2 equivalents offset.
Laveen says, “By giving our old uniforms a second life, we are actively contributing to the reduction of waste and conservation of resources. We are incredibly excited about this purpose driven initiative, and others that are in the pipeline. Not only does it allow us to make a tangible difference for the planet, but it also serves as an inspiration for other businesses to follow suit.” For future uniform designs, Petstock is working with BlockTexx to create a uniform that can be easily disassembled and recycled once the items are no longer required.
BlockTexx co-founder Adrian Jones says “Textiles are piling up in landfills all over the world, and by partnering with like-minded businesses, such as the Petstock Group, we can begin to provide end of life solutions to unwanted textiles and clothing. By considering every element, from material type, buttons or zippers, we can help streamline the recycling process and maximise the recovery of resources.”
Another recycling initiative is a pet food packaging recycling program in partnership with Royal Canin and TerraCycle which will see Petstock, Pet City and My Pet Warehouse stores across Australia and New Zealand will have soft recycling and wet food pouch collection points in store, with $1 being donated to the Petstock Foundation for every kilo of pet food packaging.
The group has also recently installed solar power panels on the Ballarat Support Office, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with solar transition and upgrades are in the works for other locations across the country.
“As we continue to explore new sustainability initiatives, we remain dedicated to improving our carbon footprint, as we aim to foster a culture of sustainability across all levels and brands in the Petstock Group family,” said The Petstock Group CEO, Shane Young. “We are signatories of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), which is a not for profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia, and we have ambitions to be a B Corp business in due course,”