Did you know one of the best ways to go green is to eat natural, whole raw foods? Naturally healthy foods come from chemical-free farming that focuses on using sustainable resources.
Steve’s Real Food is committed to leading the pet food industry by employing the highest quality manufacturing standards with minimal impact on the Earth. We are dedicated to forward-thinking ideas that allow us to create products and processes which are not only environmentally responsible, but also provide the highest return to our community and employees. Every decision we make, we employ our entire team to ensure that there is diversity in the inputs that affect final products, programs, and processes. In this, we achieve the highest level of sustainability within our organization and for our community.
Powering the Plant
Oregonians have a reputation for being in touch with mother nature and we are proud to say we fit that reputation. 73% of Oregon's electricity is harvested from hydroelectric power plants, while the rest of the US averages only about 6%. By producing our food in one of the top eco-friendly states, we are able to take advantage and use power from clean, renewable sources. Additionally, by not cooking the food or putting it through long canning processes, we are using less energy than kibble or canned manufacturers.
Our meat and produce come from small family farmers who do not use antibiotics or hormones in their meat, nor do they use pesticides on the produce. They employ sustainable farming practices that protect the Earth and the quality of the food your pet eats. Our farmers also practice humane treatment of animals, allowing the cattle to range freely and the poultry to have full access to sunlight and fresh air. Our farms follow the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act guidelines employing captive bolt stunning for cattle and controlled atmosphere stunning for poultry. Not only do we only source ingredients from farmers who use sustainable methods, but whenever possible, we use meat, poultry, and produce from local farms in the northwest. This reduces emissions resulting from transporting ingredients across the country.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Policy
Our environmental commitment also plays out in our offices, through recycling programs and improving environmental awareness. We do not use disposable plates, cups, or silverware. We use water filtration instead of bottled water, and we encourage each employee to reuse where possible. We also use green cleaning products, energy-efficient light bulbs, and ask that everyone turn off lights, computers, and other electricity suckers when not in use.
According to the EPA, Americans produced more than 258 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2014. This is equivalent to 4.6 pounds per person per day.
To minimize our impact, we have packaged Steve’s Real Food in sustainable packaging made from a plant-based material or 100% post-consumer waste. We partner with eco-friendly packaging manufacturers who also have green initiatives, and are at the forefront of sustainability when it comes to production. We are currently working on transitioning all the packing to a bio-degradable material that emits helpful gases and will degrade completely in 10 years.
Pet Sustainability Coalition
As a member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, we have access to emerging trends in environmental initiatives. We attend their annual summit to learn and share with others about what we are doing to lower our carbon footprint. We also work with them to improve our B Corp certification and better our sustainable practices internally and externally.