7 November 2023

Griffith Feed and Grain launches new recycling-focused dog grooming

| Oliver Jacques
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Professional groomer Grace Careri enjoys her job. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

A Griffith business specialising in animal feeds and pet food and equipment has launched its own on-site dog grooming studio.

Griffith Feed and Grain, established in 1996, will now provide cleaning, styling, clipping and other services for pet dogs through its new arm, GFG Grooming.

In doing so, the company has joined the international social enterprise network Sustainable Salons, which helps members reduce their impact on the planet and invest in local communities.

“We are committed to sustainable growth that encourages social responsibility and respect for the planet,” business manager Cheryl Wood said.

“This simple initiative can make all the difference to what were once valuable resources headed for landfill becoming a future resource.”

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Until recently, Griffith mum Janelle Ruggeri had been doing all the grooming for her dog Murphy by herself. But she’s pleased to see the new service in town.

“It’s great as I can drop my dog off here while I’m running around doing other things,” she said. “It’s also hard to do their claws by myself.”

On Thursday (2 November) she placed Murphy in the hands of professional groomer Grace Careri.

“I’ve been doing this for three months here. The most common thing we do is shaving. I’m starting to really love dogs, even though I was more of a cat person,” Ms Careri said.

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Dog grooming is also available on Saturdays. Photo: Griffith Feed and Grain.

The company says it will recycle up to 95 per cent of resources used with the studio. Plastic shampoo containers will be repurposed and recycled into closed-loop products such as outdoor furniture, coasters, sunglasses, combs and more. Hair clippings are made into items such as hair booms used in oil-spill clean-up operations and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.

GFC Grooming will also be able to recycle metal cans, containers and paper goods.

Proceeds earned from the sales of metal and paper recycling are donated to charities OzHarvest and KiwiHarvest to fund meals for disadvantaged people.

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The Sustainable Salons network reportedly donates more than 5500 meals every month.

“The pet-grooming industry needs to take action now and take care of the environment as much as we take care of people’s precious pets,” Sustainable Salons managing director Paul Frasca said.

“GFG Grooming and Griffith Feed & Grain really care about making their grooming salon as sustainable as possible. When they looked at what they could do to become more sustainable ecologically and economically, Sustainable Salons was the obvious choice.”

The company said it was immensely proud to support charities, benefit the community and attract clients who hold the same values, while also improving sustainability.

GFG Grooming is open from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. It is at 168 Wakaden Street. Grooming appointments can be booked online or by phoning 6962 7575.

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