Environmental Impact

At Collagenie, we set out to make natural, ethical and sustainable products. We are deeply invested in both the health of our pets and the environment, and we want to ensure that out products are ethically and sustainably produced without relying on harmful additives or nasty chemicals.

Certified Organic inputs

When we create and manufacture products, we consider everyone – every step of the way. This includes workers, pets, pet parents and the environment.

This is our mission, and we hope that you will join us on this journey.

Production of conventional collagen peptides often disregards both animal welfare and the environmental impact. Collagenie, by exclusively using Certified Organic inputs, are taking active steps to protect the environment, support animal welfare and ensure our products are 100% natural for your pets.

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Our collagen vs conventional collagen

Certified Organic collagen Conventional collagen
Only natural fertilisers, no nasties added to the cattle or soil Uses antibiotics, pesticides, hormones, and herbicides
Only pasture raised, grass fed & finished cattle Often produced from animals raised in factory farms
Only uses by-products exclusively sourced from Queensland Certified Organic farms that have never been cleared for farming Often sourced from cattle feed lots connected to deforestation of rainforest and displacement of indigenous peoples
Only uses natural enzymes and heat Utilises harsh & toxic chemicals for the extraction process
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Collagenie’s Collagen

Our Collagen Peptides are the first Certified Organic Collagen Peptides in the World. This means that we don’t have any of the issues associated with traditional collagen!

We didn’t want you to just have to take our word for it though. That is why we have chosen to be certified organic by both ACO and the USDA. This means that independent bodies have verified that our process is what we say it is.

In order to be Certified Organic our collagen peptides can only be derived from certified organic cattle. Certified organic cattle have to be pasture raised and grass fed. For the farm where they are raised to receive Certified Organic status, there are strict rules that apply to their approach to soil health, biodiversity, and water conservation, contributing to more sustainable farming methods. Certified Organic rules means that no farm certified as organic can be cleared for farming, nor can a farm be certified as organic if it has ever been cleared in the past.

Traditionally, the collagen extraction process relies on harsh chemicals, large amounts of saline and industrials solvents. Our process uses none of these, ensuring that there are no trace amounts in the final product and no nasties end up in the environment!

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Collagenie products exclusively use bovine by-products. This means we utilise materials that were destined for landfill. By diverting these by-products from landfill, we have managed to keep 44,500kg CO2 of carbon emissions from the environment. To put that into perspective, that equates to keeping one car off the road for a trip of 225,888km. Or to put it another way, driving from Sydney to Los Angeles return… 10 times! As an additional bonus, using only Australian cattle means that all the cattle are guaranteed to be BSE free!

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10 trips from Sydney to Los Angeles

Our collagen is freeze dried at our factory in a freeze drier we have designed and built. It uses up to less than 75% of electricity than traditional freeze dryers, and has been designed to run on hybrid energy.

Our raw materials are exclusively sourced from local South East Queensland Certified Organic farms. Our factory where we process and manufacture the ingredients that go into our products is just down the road. Having such a localised supply chain ensures that we limit the distance the products need to be transported, which significantly reduces the green house emissions associated with our products.

Conventional Collagen Production

Collagen is usually manufactured from animal byproducts. The majority of these by-products come from animals raised on factory farms, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), as that is how 90% of the meat globally is produced. Even the collagen products that claim to be from grass fed beef, usually comes from Brazil and Argentina where the grass-fed beef operations have been converted into CAFOs.

CAFOs rise serious ethical concerns, both in regard to the animals being kept there and the humans that work in the facilities. The animals are kept in crowded conditions, without space to move freely. They often get injured by each other or the enclosures. They stand in their own excrement and the ammonia from the decomposing waste burns their lungs; they lack fresh air and sunlight. Workers at factory farms are routinely exposed to air pollutants which can cause respiratory illness. They suffer from repetitive stress injuries and chronic pain.

CAFOs rely heavily on the use of antibiotics due to the crowded living conditions on the livestock. Antibiotics are now used more frequently on animals than humans. The more antibiotics are used, the more likely bacteria are to develop resistance as some are likely to survive and can the develop resistance which is then spread as that bacterium multiply. This is causing a major rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria like the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacterium (MRSA).

Conventional farming also uses pesticides and herbicides heavily. These chemicals have a negative impact on whole ecosystems, and some of which have been proven to be a health concern to both humans and animals.

Furthermore, the collagen extraction process itself traditionally relies on harsh chemicals, like hydrogen peroxide, sodium hydroxide and acetone. All of these chemicals pose a risk to the workers who have to handle them as well as the environment through waste streams and possible spills. They also bring with them the risk of contamination of the final product of dangerous chemicals, in particular heavy metals.

Most hides used for collagen production has been brined as a means of preservation. This produces a large amount of waste salt water. A 25 kg hide produces 5L of excess brine. Salt is hard to remove from the wastewater as it is highly soluble. Disposal of brine is a major environmental concern as it can contaminate surface and ground water, making it inhabitable for aquatic organisms and non-potable, and contaminate soil making it non-arable.