New Compostable Package

In November of this year we started national distribution of our new compostable packaging, furthering our environmental commitment.  The new bag is made with a film called NVIRO® (sounds like enviro) which is comprised of renewable and compostable materials and printed with low VOC water-based inks and adhesives.  This is a new breed of flexible packaging and we are excited to be making waves in both the pet food and packaging industry.  

See Below for the Press Release


Contact: Nicole Lindsley
Phone: 801-638-8873



Steve’s Continues to be an Industry Leader by Being the First to Use NVIRO® Compostable Packaging

November 1st 2011; Steve’s Real Food continues to reduce their carbon footprint by bringing to market their new packaging created from a revolutionary film comprised of plant and corn starches which can compost in a municipal composting environment in 10-40 days (ASTM 6400). This exciting change for Steve’s is just another illustration of the company’s “green commitment”.

Expectedly, an all natural pet food company would be in touch with mother earth, but Steve’s is one of the first to fully commit to a green way of life.  It starts with locally sourcing their ingredients from smaller family owned farms in the Pacific Northwest. We support the local farmers because “these are the guys that care and understand the importance of sustainable and eco-friendly farming and the positive impact is has on our environment”, says Gary Bursell, president and CEO. Gary also notes that “since day one, Steve’s has focused on using humanely and locally raised animals in all of their products. All of our protein sources are hormone, and steroid free.”

SRF’s believes it is their responsibility to offer their customers products that do not impact the environment negatively. When it came time to update the look of the packaging they decided to look for a packaging material that was eco-friendly.  “We contacted several flexible packaging vendors only to find ‘bio-degradable’ packaging takes at least 6 years to decompose.” says Nicole Lindsley, Project Manager.  “I really wanted a solution that was green, not just one that sounded green. We wanted a product that would decompose more quickly”.  Eagle Flexible Packaging had just that.  They introduced Steve’s to, NVIRO® Flexible Packaging, a ground-breaking product that is green from the zipper to the sealant.  NVIRO® Flexible Packaging utilizes materials derived from renewable resources – corn and plant starches, which allow it to compost in a municipal composting environment. The new Steve’s bag is also produced using water based inks which are lower in volatile organic compounds (less than 5% VOCs).  Nicole notes that in addition to Eagle Flexible Packaging being eco-focused, EFP facilities are fully accredited and US based.  It is unique in the packaging industry to produce products in the USA with ingredients sourced locally. “When picking a vendor it is important that they represent your product’s mission and goals.  You can’t say you support local business but then buy one of your most costly inventory items from China” says Nicole.


The company plans to complete the green packaging project in January of 2012 replacing their 10lb bag with a similar green solution.  They are currently testing the bag strength to ensure it can meet Steve’s future demands.

About Steve’s Real Food

Steve’s Real Food, an industry leader, has been manufacturing all natural raw pet food since 1998.  The super premium pet food is made with 100% ingredients.  Each diet is free of; grains, antibiotics, hormones, steroids and pesticides and is available as either raw frozen or raw freeze dry. 




9 years ago

We are looking forward to carrying the full line of Steve’s Real Food at and look forward to sharing with others the great benefits of not only the great food for pets but also the Eco-friendly commitment. Thanks so much Steve’s and we are sure our local Free Home Delivery Service customers will enjoy the great addition! Pawrific!

Sariah Westfall

9 years ago

I’ve only been feeding my cat this food for 6 days and I can already see and feel the difference in her coat. It’s softer and looks healthier. I switched from giving her Organic dry cat food that she really didn’t care for and she loves Steve’s raw cat food. She’s healthier and happier. Thank you Steve’s and for using materials in your packaging that are eco friendly:-)

Google Review

  • My dogs LOVE their new food!! I used to feed them dry kibble and they would leave their food in the bowls for 2 days before they would eat. Now they wake me up in the morning ready to eat. They also have so much more energy, they act like they are puppies again. The customer service is awesome! Too bad all companies don't have this kind of service. I will continue to buy Steve's Real Food for my dogs.

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    Kelley Dillon
  • CONVENIENT, RELIABLE, DOGS LOVE THE FOOD I switched my dogs to a raw diet about 2 months ago. My older dog was panting a lot and he had a potato sized growth on his shoulder. The growth is now the size of an egg and his excessive panting has stopped. My younger dog was overweight despite the fact that she was very active and on a strict low calorie diet. She has slimmed down quite a bit.

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    Trish C
  • We were skeptical of feeding raw. Finally we decided to take the plunge. The first surprise was, my dogs loved it. And the goat milk yogurt is a complete hit! They all love it. We had one small issue with the shipping and after one email everything was taken care of. But now that it's been several months we have noticed many other things. None of my dogs chew on their feet anymore. None of my dogs have itchy flaky skin anymore. And they are all pretty and shiny with tons of energy.

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    Denise Moitoza
  • My dog was a picky eater and overweight. After 4 months of eating this raw diet he is almost at his recommended weight. I no longer have to coax him to eat by doctoring up his kibble. He eats the food as is and empties his bowl right away.

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    Carrie Thompson
  • I wanted to give a shout out to Tara at the corporate office. She really went above and beyond! I had several questions about switching my dog over to raw food and the transition that's involved. She met with me in person and took the time to listen and gave me some great suggestions/feedback to my questions. She shared what her own dog went through and how raw dog food helped. Tara made me feel comfortable and was so kind and thoughtful to take the time out of her busy day to be so helpful. My dog is LOVING the food and has been transitioning very smoothly. Thanks so much for being so awesome, Tara. It meant a lot to me and because of the experience I had and the kindness you showed to me, I will continue to be a grateful customer and will recommend Steve's to all my fellow dog moms and dads.

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