People increasingly appreciate the importance of reducing waste, conserving energy and water resources, and preserving the environment-in short, establishing a greener lifestyle. Perhaps you have already taken a number of steps to live greener: conducted a home energy audit; replaced all your old incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs); reduced energy and water consumption around the home. You may even drive a hybrid.
But what about Bowser and Tabby? Is your pet’s lifestyle becoming greener as well?
Here are five easy things you can do to help your pet live as green a lifestyle as you do.
1. Buy your pet supplies in bulk. Purchasing the large economy sizes of pet food and supplies reduces the need for wasteful packaging and saves you money as well. IN addition to reducing waste from packaging materials, you will also use less fuel due to making fewer trips to the store to buy these items for your pets.
2. Reduce pollution by picking up after your pet with biodegradable “poop” bags. They cost about 10 cents apiece, which works out to about $36 per year if you use one per day. For cats, recycled, biodegradable litter is a good choice. Both can go into your backyard compost pile or the green waste bin. All in all, it is a minimal expense to bear in return for reducing landfill waste.
3. Use leashes, collars, beds, and toys made from eco-friendly materials. Hemp is underutilized. It is strong and durable, a great material for leashes and collars that look good and last longer than those made from synthetic materials. Look for bedding for your pet made from recycled materials, or if you are willing to pay a bit more, all natural materials. All-natural chew-toys are safe and completely biodegradable.
4. Choose pet shampoos made of natural ingredients whenever possible. The cleaners you use to clean up accidents on the floor or carpet are also available with all natural ingredients, including enzymes that help remove stains and odors.
Bonus tip: The next time you want a new pet, please consider a pet adoption from a shelter or pet rescue association. Such animals are almost always spayed or neutered and have been provided with necessary shots and any immediately necessary medical treatment. You will save an animal from being euthanized and reduce demand for bred animals.
You want to live greener. Your pet can join you in a greener lifestyle with a little help from you.
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