The Journey Ahead: Life Cycle Analysis

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"To improve the environmental performance of our products we use what's called a life cycle analysis to understand where the biggest impact exists, so we know where to focus our innovation and organizational efforts," explains Purina's Global Sustainability Director Mark Brodeur.

"Our commitment to improved environmental impact extends right across our value chain from the sourcing of raw materials through our own production and distribution to consumer use and eventual disposal of packaging. What we have learned through this process is that the majority of our products' impact comes from the resources that go into growing, harvesting, and transporting our ingredients.  

Read below to understand the life cycle of a product, and the areas where sustainability comes into play.

Our Life Cycle Approach

  1. Ingredients
    How the raw materials that go into the products are grown, harvested and converted into high-quality ingredients.

  2. Transportation
    How ingredients and other raw materials get to our factories, and are transported from the factory to the store.
     
  3. Operations
    How Purina's manufacturing facilities use resources to efficiently convert ingredients into high quality products.
     
  4. Packaging
    How we protect our products through use of advanced materials, water and energy to make a strong package with the least environmental impact.
     
  5. End of Life
    How consumers ultimately dispose of a product's packaging. For example, can a package be recycled?

While there's no easy answer, Purina ONE is motivated every day to take small steps forward. "I often say that I have one of the best jobs in the company. Not only do I have the opportunity to work on important issues that can really make a difference, but I also have the privilege to work with such a passionate and committed group of experts across Purina everyday," explains Brodeur. "It's something that gives me pride."