Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc. is never satisfied with the status quo when it comes to efficiency and minimizing environmental impact. Zoo Med’s consideration for green values directs the company on its journey toward the appreciation and preservation of wildlife and the natural environment. Zoo Med strives to be on the forefront of green practices in hopes of influencing other pet companies to do what they can to help protect this fragile, ever-changing planet that we all share.


  • All bamboo flooring in offices – No petrochemical carpet used.
  • Lunch tables made from recycled milk cartons.
  • Geothermally heated research greenhouse.
  • 40% of Zoo Med employees carpool or ride their bike to work.
  • Converted from propane to electric on all our forklifts
  • Converted our shop from T-8 lighting to T-5 HO lighting.

Current Green Product Directive:

  • 50% of our product line is made at Zoo Med (Made in U.S.A.) View Zoo Med’s Green Products
  • Zoo Med recycles over 200 tons of cardboard per year.
  • Eliminated styrofoam insert in one of the top product lines.
  • Transferred our entire product line from chemical resin (VOC – volatile organic compounds) to plant based resin.
  • All of our UPS shipments are going out with the carbon neutral option in order to reduce our carbon footprint.

2011 Green Directive:

  • Moved our entire glass terrarium line from China to manufacturing in the U.S. View Zoo Med’s Green Products
    This will eliminate 70 forty foot containers in 2011. The equivalent to 200,000 carbon units, 45.5 tons of carbon or taking 114 cars off the road for one year!!!
  • All Turtle Docks will be made of soy urethane (eco resin) in 2011.
  • All resin products will be made of eco plant-based resins in 2011.

New Leaf for the President of Zoo Med:

Gary Bagnall, President, and founder of Zoo Med Labs. Inc. has recently received the new Nissan Leaf! This new fully-electric car has zero emissions, Five-Star safety ratings, and comes standard with all the necessities to help reduce Zoo Med’s carbon footprint! Zoo Med’s Green Values are taken serious and we strive to provide our customers with green products produced through green practices. The latest addition to the Zoo Med Fleet continues our Green Tradition!


  • Zero tailpipe emissions/Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV)
  • 100% electric – no gas required
  • High response 80kW AC synchronous electric motor
  • Range – 100 miles/charge based upon US EPA LA4 City cycle1
  • Speeds up to 90 mph
  • 5 passengers, 5 doors
  • Nissan Connection powered by CARWINGS™2

Visit Nissan’s website for more information and a listing of availability.

Giving Back:

  • USARK (United States Association of Reptile Keepers)- Donated over $150,000. Plus hundreds of hours of time to this new organization to protect our right to keep reptiles (Protect your rights to keep reptiles – Join USARK today) www.usark.org
  • TSA (Turtle Survival Alliance) – Major corporate sponsor (Prevents turtle extinction through captive propagation) – www.turtlesurvival.org/
  • Haiti – Zoo Med supports an orphanage in Haiti, and bought them a truck in 2007.
  • TTPG (Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group) – A group dedicated to preserving the world’s turtles and tortoises through captive breeding, conservation, research, and education. www.ttpg.org
  • NPDC (National Resources Defense Council) – President Club Donor 5 years running. www.nrdc.org/
  • IIF (International Iquana Foundation) – Major corporate sponsor (Works to ensure the survival of iguanas and their habitats) – www.iguanafoundation.org/
  • Aquarium Societies / Reptile Clubs – We donate over $30,000 in free products per year.
  • Rescues / Shelters – We donate thousands of products to animal shelters and rescues to help care for animals.
  • Click to learn more about Zoo Med’s “Giving Back” programs