3 Quick Tips to Reduce your Pet’s ‘Carbon Pawprint’

Whether your pet of choice is a huge dog or a small kitten, it’s important to include them when considering how much consumption and waste your household generates in the average year. Let’s take a look at a few ways to reduce Fido’s “carbon pawprint” while providing choices that can lead to better pet health.

Get Toxin-Free Toys for Health Pet Play

Take a look at your pet’s toys – do you know what they are made of? Most pet owners buy their pets rubber or other synthetic toys made in foreign countries which show little regard for the environment. It’s very easy to create toys for pets out of recycled materials lying around the house; consider using an old sock stuffed with some cloth and catnip as a toy for cats. Those with dogs can head to a butcher shop for some bones and pig’s ears to use as chew toys, which will keep your dog happy and avoid having to have a product manufactured and shipped halfway around the world.

Do Animals Like to Eat Organic?

For most pets, their largest amount of consumption comes in the form of commercial pet foods. A quick look at the ingredients listing on pet foods is enough for a human to know that the food isn’t of the highest quality, which seems normal but still a little concerning. While it isn’t necessary to have a chef on hand to cook meals for pets, an additional investment in USDA Organic pet foods will provide pets with foods that are produced using sustainable, pesticide-free agricultural methods. It will most likely be a lot healthier for them as well, so there’s double the benefit in switching to higher quality pet foods.

Don’t Forget to Pick Up the Poop

According to some statistics (and as owners are well aware of) dogs produce somewhere around 4 billion pounds of poop each year, depositing this in parks, yards and other areas. While pet poop is natural, it’s not fit for disposal in sewers used by humans as in most cities and towns our sewage is treated before disposal. Simply pick up the pet poop and toss it in the compost, or dispose of it in an area that won’t leak ammonia and other chemicals into the water table as it degrades.

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By using a little bit of ingenuity here and there, pet owners can help reduce the amount of consumption and waste generation attributed to their pets. It’s worth the trouble – after all, pets provide us with an incredible amount of love and attention. The least we can do is help keep the planet clean and safe for them as well.

John writes on environmental topics, and is a contributing writer for Ethosource used workstations.

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