Greener Shopping Difference Maker: Jiminy’s Dog Food & Treats
Jiminy’s cricket- and grub-protein dog foods and treats are an effective choice to transform your pet’s environmental foodprint, reducing CO2, water, and land impacts by 99.99% compared to traditional industrial pet products. It’s an Earth911 Greener Shopping Difference Maker, a product that will reduce the environmental impact of your pet’s food by more than 50% compared to traditional alternatives.
The beef or chicken-based kibble in your dog’s diet comes at a high cost to the environment. It requires immense amounts of land, feed, and water that can turn your pet’s diet into an environmental disaster. A single dog’s annual consumption of chicken-based food requires as much as 480,000 more gallons of water to raise, slaughter, process, and produce than insect proteins. Beef also requires 3,140 times more land per pound of protein than insect-sourced food, while chicken takes 80 times as much land for each pound of protein delivered as food. Jiminy’s Good Grub and Cricket Crave dry kibble are better for your dog than meat-based foods. Insect protein, which is pre-biotic and hypoallergenic for dogs, contributes to your pet’s health by providing natural fiber, twice the iron, an ideal blend of omega fats, and 10% more Vitamin B12 than beef.
Jiminy’s training treats, available in Chewy Pumpkin & Carrot, Chewy Sweet Potato & Peas, Chewy Peanut Butter & Cranberry, Chewy Peanut Butter & Blueberry, and Original Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Cricket Cookie flavors, produce only 5.02 ounces of CO2 per 6-ounce package based on third-party product lifecycle analyses we reviewed. A full year’s treats — 26 packages — creates only 8.46 pounds of CO2, compared to a beef treat that would contribute up to 257.79 pounds of CO2 to the atmosphere (based on the University of Michigan’s estimate that beef protein accounts for 26.44 pounds of C02 per pound of food).
Sustainable Use & Packaging Recycling
Feeding your dog Jiminy’s products daily will reduce their diet’s CO2 and water footprints by 99.99% compared to traditional foods. The only challenge is Jiminy’s product packaging, which is the one aspect of the product that needs improvement. That places Jiminy’s at the high end of our “Difference Maker” rating, and with compostable package it will qualify as a “Transformative Product” that virtually eliminates a traditional product’s environmental footprint.
Jiminy’s CEO Ann Carlson explains in our Greener Shopping Q&A that their first experiment with a more recyclable packaging material did not succeed — the bag did not hold its shape and preserve the food. Today’s PET plastic packaging can be recycled by many programs around the country — search Earth911’s recycling database for “#1 Plastic Bags” to find local options.
Carlson has responded transparently since we first called out our concerns about the company’s plastic packaging. Jiminy’s plans to launch its next experiment in packaging, which will include recycled materials and be either recyclable or compostable, expected to be released in 2024.
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