PetPlace has announced it will be focusing on building “even stronger” relations with sustainable start-ups and innovative independent businesses. Owners Sion Pritchard and Paul Penketh aim to target more bespoke suppliers and products. Adios Plastic, a Kent-based husband and wife partnership, launched its plastic-free biodegradable poo bag business in 2018 .
PetPlace has announced it will be focusing on building “even stronger” relations with sustainable start-ups and innovative independent businesses, as owners Sion Pritchard and Paul Penketh aim to target more bespoke suppliers and products.
The company, which is based in Kinmel Bay and has stores in Abergele, Ruthin, Mold, Llangefni, and Chirk, already stocks many environmentally friendly items on its shelves, though Pritchard said it plans to “take things further” in the coming months.
He said: “We are opening the doors to smaller, independent suppliers who specialize in the health and wellbeing of animals and want to be part of the pet industry.
“A lot of retail chains stock pet goods but without the emphasis on sustainability, the environment, and creating innovative products that will make a difference to the pets, their owners, and ultimately, the planet. We want to hear from the innovators, anyone with an idea that’s in motion or a start-up with an exciting new product that could cause a stir in the sector.”
He added: “At PetPlace we are very different from the norm, we want to support the pet trade specifically and move forward together, away from the mass-market consumer approach to a more dedicated, proactive, and tailored offering, ensuring our team members have as much knowledge as possible to share with our customers.”
Among the sustainable firms already working with PetPlace is Adios Plastic, a Kent-based husband and wife partnership that launched its plastic-free biodegradable poo bag business in 2018.
Ben and Sadie Dodd are aiming to continue the compostable theme with pet wipes manufactured in the UK that naturally break down into the environment and serve as food to be consumed by microorganisms.
Ben Dodd said: “When we started there were a lot of poo bags on the market and the vast majority were plastic, which can take hundreds of years to break down.
“We wanted to do something different and after a lot of research began producing bags made from Cornstarch. From that, we developed a range of colors – including our popular rainbow packs – that stood out from the standard options available, and it took off from there.”
He added: “We began supplying PetPlace during the pandemic and love everything they stand for; they are a model customer and have really got behind our brand.
“We grew 600% during the first year of lockdown and another 200% in the last year, passing the 20 million sales mark in the UK alone, which as well as being great for us as a company has had a big impact on the environment. People are switching from plastic and it’s having a knock-on effect, this is where the industry is going which is great to see and so important.”