Boxiecat, the new subscription cat litter delivery service recommended by The Washington Post among others, saves time, eliminates the hassle of repeat trips to the store, and puts an end to lugging heavy bags of litter.
Subscribers receive fresh litter delivered to their doorsteps on a schedule they choose. All subscriptions include free home delivery. Along with convenience, subscribers gain a greener way of getting litter.
"The traditional way of getting cat litter is wasteful in terms of energy, carbon emissions and packaging," says Boxiecat's founder, Josh Wiesenfeld. "When considering that there are 86.4 million pet cats in the United States, it becomes clear that all the round trips to the store being made by cat lovers, and all the packaging waste adds up. As part of our service, we set out to solve this problem."
Boxiecat subscribers eliminate repeat round trips to the store. Because Boxiecat ships via the United State Postal Service (USPS), which already stops at each house in America six days a week, the service virtually eliminates the carbon pawprint associated with getting cat litter. Taking advantage of existing distribution routes, rather than creating new ones, saves an estimated 40,000 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions for every 1,000 subscribers annually.
Boxiecat uses Cradle to Cradle certified shipping boxes—the highest environmental certification for manufacturing that considers the full life-cycle of a product. Additionally, they eliminate the need for void fillers by using appropriately sized shipping boxes, a step that also increases available capacity inside Postal Service vehicles.
"Shipping via USPS offers our subscribers green benefits," says Wiesenfeld, "They are consistently increasing their electric fleet and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They make investments in advanced fuels such as hydrogen cells, have retrofitted facilities with green roofs, and have made a commitment to reduce energy consumption 30 percent by 2015. We think of them as our green partner."
Boxiecat manufactures its own brand of litter. Boxiecat brand litter comes in bags that use minimal printing and eliminate excess material, saving an estimated 3,600 lbs of plastic for every 1,000 subscribers annually compared to traditional plastic litter jugs.
Boxiecat brand litter is an all natural clumping clay. It is manufactured in the United States, which eliminates emissions waste from international shipping. It is biodegradable and contains no chemical additives, dyes, or bleach.
"Cat litter is not widely recognized as an area in need of an environmental update, but an example may put it into perspective," offers Wiesenfeld. "If half of the pet cats in the U.S. require 12 trips to the store each year to get litter, that's over half a billion round trips to the store! Switching to Boxiecat is the rare case where a convenient choice is also a green choice. That's a happy circumstance."
Boxiecat is America's first subscription cat litter service. All subscriptions come with free home delivery, including to Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. Territories. The service features personalized shipment timing and vacation holds. Payments are made on a per shipment basis and there are no commitments.
Boxiecat has been recommended by The Washington Post, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, animal shelters and veterinarians across the U.S., and has been featured in USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Houston Chronicle, Treehugger.com and Examiner.com.
Boxiecat brand litter is all natural premium clumping clay. Hard clumps form on the top rather than soaking to the bottom of the box making litter care a breeze. Boxiecat litter stays ultra-clean even after weeks of scooping. It is unscented and completely eliminates ammonia odors without using fragrance as a masking agent. An over 99.9 percent dust free cat litter, it is hypo-allergenic and long lasting. Subscribers call Boxiecat brand litter "the best cat litter on the market."