OUR SUSTAINABLE JOURNEY

SEEKING SOLUTIONS

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

At the peak of our journey, PDL’s sustainable development goals go hand-in-hand with the planet's vital demand for valuable resource protection. 

To meet these demands, we are actively seeking solutions to help alleviate our carbon footprint. 

Not only are we as a company working to be more environmentally friendly, but we also partner with multiple inspiring, sustainable brands to offer our community.
From land to sea, PDL has committed to protecting our oceans and all its inhabitants, and we strive every day to do this in the best way possible.

Understanding that we have only made one small step towards the many issues that need addressing, our journey will continue to evolve and create the change we need. We are excited to understand better what we need to do to continue to grow in the most sustainable way possible.

We will be continuing to work as an individual company and with our local community to take the steps we need to preserve this beautiful land we call home.

To learn more about sustainable development in the Cayman Islands.

 

THE CONCEPT OF SUSTAINABILITY

 

Sustainability is made up of three pillars: the economy, society, and the environment. These principles are also informally used as profit, people, and the planet.

Sustainability encourages people, politics, and businesses to make decisions based on the long term. In this way, acting sustainably encompasses a temporal framework of decades (instead of a few months or years) and considers more than the profit or loss involved.

There are many forms of sustainability, and we need to be thinking not only of a specific area or the present moment. Demand for a wide perspective and long-term initiatives are a must. Here are some of the areas that we can focus on for the present and the future, the big picture.

Technology - The use of electronic devices is growing every day. Nonetheless, these devices are made of Earth minerals extracted by the mining industry. Mining can be a very polluting industry, and the development of new sites certainly impacts deforestation. Therefore, an easy way to be sustainable with your technology is to use devices for a long period of time, despite new models becoming available over that period. Tech devices should also be disposed of responsibly when they reach the end of their usable life to avoid further pollution.

Zero/Low Waste - The zero-waste movement is a lifestyle that encourages people to use all types of resources circularly, just like the natural world does. This philosophy's ultimate goal is to avoid resources unnecessarily following the standard linear route of ending up as trash in oceans or landfills. For this, people must refuse what they don’t need, reduce what they’re getting, reuse it, and recycle or compost it.

The Food Industry - Working with companies that grow crops using minimal or no toxic pesticides and focusing on organic farming or biomimicry practices. If it pays fair wages to its employees and still competes on the market, it is responsible for profit, people, and the planet.

The Workplace - The workplace can also be organized sustainably. For instance, companies betting on new technologies and becoming paperless or providing conditions and training for employees to recycle are careful about waste management. Simultaneously, not asking air-conditioners for very extreme temperatures (that create energy waste and emit GHG), opening window blinds when there’s sunlight, and avoiding single-use plastic cutlery are positive, sustainable actions for a workplace.

Company Strategy

A company’s corporate social responsibility is a strategy that integrates policies and practices to create value on the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit).

So besides taking care of their workplaces and trying to be eco-friendly along their value-chain, companies with a sustainability mindset are also concerned about social issues like gender equality, happiness at the workplace, and taking care of the communities affected by their activities.

"AT PDL, OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE PRODUCTS THAT ARE BETTER FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT AND, THEREFORE, BETTER FOR OUR LONG-TERM LIFESPAN ON THIS BEAUTIFUL PLANET WE CALL HOME."

 

 

WORLD CENTRIC

 

According to the EPA, over 26 million tons of petroleum-based plastics end up in U.S landfills each year.  Human activity is testing the limits of the planet's capacity, and we need to find better ways to make it through these processes. World Centric products are the eco-friendly solution to your everyday consumption choices. They are an important line of products that we carry that help us create sustainable practices and improve our planet. 
 
Some of the reasons why World Centric is better for the environment than everyday plastics and Styrofoam include:

•    They use less energy to manufacture.
•    They are made from annually renewable plants like bamboo and corn. 
•    They are nonpolluting, nontoxic, and break down in healthy soil found in commercial or home composting facilities.
•    They help to save biodiversity and habitats. 

World Centric donates at least 25% of their profits to global grassroots social and environmental programs to offset carbon emissions from raw materials to delivery. This means every time you buy a World Centric product, you are not only minimizing your carbon footprint by reducing your disposable waste consumption, but you are also investing in new technologies that help reduce global carbons and contribute to living a more sustainable life

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"PROVIDING QUALITY PRODUCTS THAT ARE GOOD FOR OUR BODIES,

THE ENVIRONMENT AND ALL LIVING CREATURES IS CRUCIAL FOR US ".

 

 

NIMAN RANCH

 

Quality meat is a passion for PDL, and one of the many reasons we are so proud to distribute products from the amazing farmers at Niman Ranch. 
 
Niman Ranch was started back in the 1970s as a family-owned cattle ranch. Back then, their cattle were raised using traditional, humane methods with wholesome, all-natural feeds (a practice they have carried through to today). Their reputation spread fast for being some of the best tasting meat around. People could taste the quality and care that went into their products. 
 
In 1995 Niman expanded to raising hogs when they met farmer Paul Willis. Paul was revitalizing sustainable hog farming methods and moving away from the common industrial practices.  

Today, Niman’s network includes more than 740 family farmers and ranchers throughout the USA.  Whether they’re raising hogs, cattle, or lamb, they all share the same commitment to raising livestock under strict protocols and believe that humane and sustainable methods produce the best possible flavor. 
 
Niman’s many years in the industry have provided them with the expertise to produce some of the best tasting meat around. This is done authentically and consciously by caring for their animals, the land, and their farmers. 
 
 Having access to this beautiful meat here in the Cayman Islands is one of the many reasons we are so proud to do what we do every day. 

 

 

"PDL HAS MADE A COMMITMENT TO STOCK, SELL AND PROMOTE THE ONLY REEF SAFE SUNSCREENS, to PROTECT OUR MOST TREASURED ASSET, THE CAYMAN ISLANDS REEF."

 

 

 

REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN

 

Climate change, pollution, and other environmental factors are slowly eroding the health of coral reefs around the world, affecting the health of the oceans. But some of the ingredients in sunscreen may damage delicate coral reef systems as well.

Up to 6,000 tons of sunscreen are estimated to wash into coral reefs around the globe each year. And rather than being evenly distributed, much of that sunscreen is concentrated at popular diving, swimming, and snorkeling sites - such as national marine parks and tourist attractions.

Some reef-friendly moves everyone can take are:

- If you plan to go into the water at the beach, the best way to protect both yourself and the environment may be to cover most of your body with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) clothing. You’ll still have to apply sunscreen to exposed skin, but you’ll need far less, up to half the amount, than you might if you were in a bathing suit.

- Mineral sunscreens with “non-nano sized” zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (“non-nano sized” means the ingredients are 100 nanometers in diameter or more) appear to be safer for coral reefs than chemical ones.

Some oxybenzone and octinoxate free brands include Australia Gold, Ocean Position, and Hawaiian Tropic.