This day and age, it’s more important than ever to make every attempt at going green. Being environmentally conscious is so important for our planet.
It’s easy to think of the ways that we can go green in our every day lives. Many people have given up plastic bags when grocery shopping and are always sure to use reusable straws and cups when they go out. Making every effort to reuse and recycle your waste can help reduce the burden on our planet and natural environment.
But while we make many lifestyle changes for ourselves have you ever stopped to think how you can “go green” as a pet parent?
I know the thought hardly ever crossed my mind until the environment became a huge and important issue in my life and I made every effort to be more conscious of my impact on the globe and make changes.
I spent a lot of time researching ways to go green and after accidently purchasing compostable and biodegrable waste bags, I realized that “going green” as a pet parent should be my next goal.
So how can we be more environmentally conscious as dog and cat owners?
Check out my guide below on ways to go green for dog moms.
1. Purchase compostable or biodegradable waste bags.
Our dogs create a lot of waste. And if you own more than one dog or cat then you have probably realized that multiple pets makes A TON of waste.
If you use a plastic, non- biodegrabale waste bag every time you pick up after your dog you’re going to create a ton of plastic waste. Combat this by purchasing compostable or biodegrabable waste bags.
You can also choose to compost your dog’s waste in your own backyard if you’re into composting or have the space.
2. Make your own dog treats.
Making your own dog treats from scratch is another great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Prepackaged dog treats create a ton of waste and use a ton of energy. Just think of all that waste, plastic, and energy that goes into manufacturing dog treats, packaging them, and then shipping them to the stores. And it doesn’t end there. It takes a lot of energy and plastic (if you don’t use reusable grocery bags) when you go to the store to purchase these treats.
Not only is making your own dog treats more environmentally friendly, but you’re also in charge of the ingredients that go into these treats and you can save money in the long run.
Additionally, you can also chose to make your own dog toys if you’re feeling really crafty.
3. Make your own all natural cleaning products for pets.
All natural cleaning products are better for you, your pets, and the environment. C
4. Don’t use plastic bags when you go shopping for pet products.
This is a super easy way to cut down on your waste as pet parents. Any time you go shopping for pet supplies, be sure to avoid using plastic bags. Bring your own reusable grocery bags for all your pet supply shopping!
5. Buy eco-friendly pet products (toys, leashes, litter, food)
If D.I.Y. is not your forte, research the brands that you buy and search for environmentally friendly toys, leashes, litter, and food brands. These brands will use more sustainable products and methods to create their supplies compared to conventional brands. You can check out this post from iheartdogs.com for a list of sustainable pet brands.
6. Adopt and spay and neuter your pets.
Believe it or not, dogs that are not spayed or neutered have a huge impact on the environment. By spaying or neutering your dog, you also help cut down on the number of homeless animals and the waste of resources used to house, feed, and take care of these pets.
7. Recylce, up-cycle, or donate old, worn or unused pet products.
This is one of the easiest ways you can make an effort to be a more green pet owner. If you dog’s or cat’s supplies are worn, old, or unused recycle them if possible. You can also up-cycle them and use them to create something new.
For instance, you could take your dog’s old blankets and create a D.I.Y rope toy. Lastly, if your dog’s supplies are just laying around unused and are in decent condition, donate them to your local animal shelter. Shelter’s will always appreciate any supplies and you’ll help support organizations that assist animals in finding loving fur-ever homes!
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