At Drs. Foster and Smith we care about your satisfaction - but we also care
about the environment. In fact, we all know that a cleaner world equals a
better life for you, your family, and your pets. That's why we've committed
to taking an active approach to environmental issues.
Even our packing material is going green. These starch peanuts are made
right here in our facility and are 100% biodegradable. Just a little water will
dissolve them right before your eyes. They're durable, lightweight, and are
suitable for composting.
Before we started making our own packing materials we would trailer in
truckloads of polystyrene peanuts. Now, for every one trailer load of the
starch pellets we use to make packing peanuts, we save the planet more
than 20 trailer loads of polystyrene peanuts that would normally go into the
landfill. Not to mention the fuel used to run the trucks. We're pretty excited
about that - and hope you are too.
See for yourself. The next time you order from us, take your peanuts to the
closest sink, run some water over them, and watch them disappear. You'll
see we're doing our part to preserve our world's precious resources.
We use air pillow packaging inside some boxes, too. This not only provides superior product protection but it also decreases the weight of shipments, which saves on fuel costs in delivery.
Cardboard is a huge proportion of solid waste in the United States and
also the most frequently recycled material. We work with the company
that makes our boxes to bring that percentage down significantly. The
boxes you get from us are made from 75% recycled/69% post-consumer
We also carefully select each shipping carton. We calculate the optimal size carton for each shipment. This effort helps ensure no more cardboard is used than needed.
We are committed to finding more and more ways to minimize negative effects
on the environment. Earth-friendly packaging is just one way to show
that we care as much about the earth as we (and you) do about your pets.
recycled, organic, renewable or biodegradable
More and more of the products we offer are now made with recycled materials. Take, for example, the MiracleLoft® polyfil we use in our Doctors Foster and Smith beds; it is made from recycled soda bottles. Some of our backyard wild bird feeders are made from recycled plastic milk jugs. Rather than allowing used bottles and jugs to fill up landfills, we've partnered with companies that are turning this refuse into usable, durable products that last and last.
We recycle cardboard from inbound shipments, too. One of our biggest sources of cardboard comes from shipments of products that fill our warehouse. We have a program in which all our cardboard is sorted, baled, and sent to a recycler.
We recycle mixed office paper and clear plastic materials, too.
Since you also care about what goes into or on your pets, you'll also find, wherever possible, product options made with nontoxic, organic, or biodegradable ingredients. Find these products in many of our departments, including cleaning and sanitation, skin care, treats, foods, and toys, to name a few. These products are safer for your pets, your family, and our environment.