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Veterinary dermatological company drives sustainable change from pet shampoo bottles to bars

PetDerm shampoo bars meet the need to provide dog owners with the opportunity to purchase skin care products that are sustainable, natural and plastic free

The “green” director of Veterinary Dermatological is helping to drive the change to more sustainable pet care products by advocating natural, vegan, biodegradable shampoo soap bars, to help pet owners reduce their own and their pet’s carbon footprint.

“Dog owners are environmentally conscious and recognise that in addition to their own carbon footprint their furry family member also has an important part to play when it comes to sustainability,” said Sue Paterson, who is the Director of Veterinary Dermatological and Virtual Vet Derms.

Paterson recognised, through her work with her telemedicine company, that there was a real need to provide dog owners with the opportunity to purchase skin care products that are sustainable, natural and plastic free. To fill the gap in the market she developed the new PetDerm shampoo soap bars.

Designed specifically for owners who want a sustainable choice, they contain no harmful preservatives or foaming agents and are SLS and parabens free. All the ingredients in the soaps have been carefully selected, not only to minimise their environmental impact but also to ensure they can help maintain a healthy skin and coat.

Zurich’s Institute of Environmental Engineering has shown liquid soap has ten times the carbon footprint of bar soap: Bottles need more energy and water to produce them, they are less efficient to transport, and many contain synthetic chemicals which can cause damage to the ecosystem if they get into water sources.

“We need to make the same sustainable choices for our pets as we make for ourselves,” said Paterson. “One shampoo soap bar is the equivalent of two bottles of shampoo so they are not only good for the planet they are great for your pocket as well. It makes it easy for pet owners to make the right choice and reduce their pet’s carbon footprint without compromising on their care.”

For further information on PetDerm shampoo soap bars visit the website.

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