Celebrating April as Earth Month

In celebration of April as Earth Month, we want to help pet owners realize that their pets have an environmental impact. While you may be reducing your carbon footprint, you should also pay attention to your pet's environmental impact!

Meaningful pet food choices

A 2017 study published in the journal PLOS One shows that pets accounted for between 25%-30% of the environmental impact of meat consumed in the country. Many pet food brands are responding by doing things like investing in sustainable farming methods, responsible ingredients sourcing, rethinking packaging, cutting down on greenhouse gas production, and implementing environmentally conscious corporate policies. Moreover, many pet-owning consumers are considering more eco-friendly novel protein sources, like insects. Insects are excellent sources of protein and nutrients and represent a high-quality, resource-conserving substitute for meat in pet foods. Furthermore, insect-based diets are better than vegetarian dog diets, which often cause a nutrient deficiency among our four-legged friends. Choosing a sustainable diet is a relatively easy way to ensure their four-legged family members are getting the nutrition they need, without unnecessarily harming the environment in the process.

 

A healthier litter box

Cat litter is something we don’t think much about. Choosing the right cat litter for you and your kitty can also be healthier for you, your pet, and for the environment. One of the best choices you can make for your cat, the environment, and your lungs is to choose a biodegradable cat litter. Nix the clay or Silica and choose alternative litters that are made from a variety of materials alone or in mixtures including paper, corn, walnuts, wheat, wood, pine, and grass.

 

 

 Non-toxic toys

Why choose eco-friendly toys? Well, who wants their fur-kid chewing on potentially toxic plastics and other materials? Pets will chew, drool on and manipulate their toys so knowing that no PVCs, BPA, or unhealthy dyes are added to the material means that your dog or cat isn’t running the risk of getting poisoned through their toys. Moreover, most eco-friendly pet toys also have limited packaging and/or use recycled packaging with no plastic ties, to further save on garbage production. 

 

 

 A purposeful pet wash

Typical shampoos found on the pet store shelves are full of unnatural ingredients and chemicals like artificial perfumes, preservatives, synthetic polymers, silicones, and mineral oils. Natural dog shampoos ensure your pet gets clean without all the chemicals. Specifically, shampoos and conditioners are around anywhere from 80-95% water. Unfortunately, that is a lot of the earth’s water supply that’s being used to create harmful shampoos and conditioners. Many eco-friendly, pet shampoos come in bar form, so they don’t require the use of plastic. Those that are liquid use recycled materials for their bottles, so it relieves the earth of some of the plastic that might fill our landfills. 

 

Recycle pet food cans

Lastly, if you can take one, eco-friendly pet lifestyle step starting today, consider recycling pet food cans. Recycling saves enormous amounts of energy, and recycling aluminum also keeps carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. 

While the use of eco-friendly pet supplies helps keep our environment clean, there are also important health benefits to be considered. Opting for eco-friendly pet products can improve your animal's existing health conditions and lead to a longer life expectancy.


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