The Pet Box Project

An online retailer in Turkey,, has found a novel way to combine environmental sustainability with animal welfare needs.

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When customers order pet food products from their site, the corrugated delivery box can be converted into a waterproof home for homeless pets.  The idea is to make the shelters available to stray and homeless animals in the customer’s neighborhood, particularly during the winter months.

I haven’t found any details yet about how this project is tracking, and its success rates, but it is surely worth thinking about on a wider scale because many of us now use the internet as a preferred source of purchasing our pet supplies.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

2 responses to “The Pet Box Project

  1. I love the idea! I try to shop responsibly (for myself and for my dogs). Sadly, even if human products get more ethical, pet market is not there yet…

    • Typically, pet products are made from secondary, or lesser quality, products. That’s why it is harder to find ethically made pet supplies. This is one reason why I make my own dog treats and supplement my dog’s diet with homemade food. I can better control ingredients that way. Every little bit counts, in terms of our consumer choices, and so I’ll buy ethical and low-impact products whenever I can.

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