Given the role of our pets in our family, it's no surprise that
they can have a big impact on the environment. Fortunately, we
can make smarter choices about how we care for our pets and reduce
their carbon pawprints. Below are a few tips to consider:
Don't be overwhelmed! Every little bit helps, so just pick one
thing that's easy for you and it will add up!
- Use biodegradeable bags for pet waste. They cost
a bit more, but they will disintegrate in landfills and the
waste will be absorbed back into the earth.
- Reuse all the bags you would otherwise throw away,
such as bags from fast food, newspapers, cereal, chips, bread,
etc. You'll be surprised how many bags are reusable for pet
- Recycle the bags and boxes in which your pet supplies
- Use flushable or organic kitty litter. Clay-based
kitty litters do not biodegrade in landfills. Litters made
of recycled newspaper or flushable kitty litter made from
organic materials, such as wheat, disintegrate naturally into
the earth. (When in doubt, check the label!)
- Choose bedding made from recycled materials. Several
brands use a material spun from recycled plastic beverage
bottles as their stuffing.
- Purchase all-natural pet foods. Select pet foods
that do not contain animal byproducts, chicken meal, rendered
meat, or protein sources that contain growth hormones or antibiotics.
- Recycle your gently used pet supplies by donating
them to your local shelter.
- Neuter your pet and choose adoption. Nothing does
more to protect the environment than reducing the number of
homeless animals that need care and consume resources.
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