We’re sure you know the importance of reducing your carbon footprint, but what about your pet’s? Yep, your beloved companion has an environmental impact, too, and it might be bigger than you think.
So, in honor of Earth Day, we’ve got some tips to help you become a more eco-friendly pet owner and reduce your carbon paw print. It’s time to get your green on!
Feed Your Pet Properly
Fill your pet’s food bowl with holistic, organic or sustainably sourced food (queue Precise) they’re great for your pet and for the planet! Chicken and fish based products especially tend to have lower environmental impact. Try to buy in bulk when you can to reduce packaging waste, and purchase from your local retailer to eliminate pollution from long distance shipping.
Do Your “Dooty”
When nature calls, it’s your job to pick it up! Pet waste can be a hazardous pollutant- especially to nearby water sources (check out our last blog post for more info). Make an effort to use biodegradable or flushable doggie bags for poo pick up that aren’t harmful to the environment, and even consider composting your pet’s waste. Composting is nature’s way of recycling, and, believe it or not, pet waste can be an effective ingredient for compost that can be used for fertilizer! Just make sure you don’t use it for plants or crops meant for human consumption.
Unfortunately, the majority of cat litter is clay-based, which is strip mined and non-degradable. Next time you’re out, reach for the litter that’s made with sawdust, pine pellets, or other biodegradable ingredients. To save money, you might even consider making your own at home!
Look for toys and accessories made with organic or recycled materials to keep playtime eco-friendly. Before throwing out old toys that your pet no longer loves, donate them to your local animal shelter instead. After all, one pet’s trash is another pet’s treasure.
This is probably your most important responsibility as a pet owner. Spaying or neutering your pets is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent further overpopulation.
As pet owners, we know it’s your priority to keep your furry friend happy and healthy, so why not throw Mother Nature a bone while you’re at it?