Eco-friendly Pet Practices Part 4

10. Eco-Friendly Pet Toys and Accessories

Look for leashes, collars, toys and even pet beds made from recycled or plant-based materials.

cleaning0411. Cut Out the Chemicals

Reduce the chemicals in your home by making your own cleaners and deodorizers. Instead of spraying over a pet smell, you might already have everything you need right in your pantry.

12. Feed Your Pet Sustainable Food

Purchase food that is responsibly sourced with sustainable ingredients, and you’ll be supporting a healthier pet and planet! Certain brands, like Open Farm and Wellness TruFood also promote recycling through TerraCycle, a company that partners with brands to reduce the carbon footprint of their customers by finding innovative ways to recycle typically non-recyclable waste.

Eco-friendly Pet Practices Part 3

Glass_food_storage_container_with_Easy_Find_Lids7. Containers Count

Use a washable and reusable container, preferably glass, to store food and treats instead of a plastic bag.

8. Reduce Driving

Do you drive to a dog park just to walk around? Look for closer parks or nature trails, or arrange walks or play dates with friends and neighbors with their pets.

9. Check Your Flea and Tick Medications

Choose meds that pose the least risk to the health of your pets and your household. This will help prevent or reduce health-care costs.

 

 

Eco-friendly Pet Practices Part 2

4. Check the Labels

Do your existing products use eco-friendly materials and packaging? Check the labels to see what is inside the product and if the bottle or container is recyclable or made of biodegradable materials. Stuck with plastic? Recycle after use.

5. Reusable Bags — Not Just for Groceries

Many people remember to bring reusable bags when they go to the grocery store, but you can use these for any pet store or vet trip. When heading out with your pet, grab one to to carry things back home with you.

8167295986_06b0457ed4_z.jpg6. Make Your Own Treats

Homemade treats are one way to use ingredients you already have while saving a trip to the store and reducing packaging waste.

Eco-Friendly Pet Practices Part 1

Since this month’s focus is on how to be an eco-friendly pet parent, here are a few suggestions for reducing your carbon “paw print.”

images1. Ditch the Paper Towels

Use towels or rags instead of paper towels to clean up after your pet. If you just can’t break the paper towel cycle, consider using reusable personal hand towels that are machine-washable.

2. Think Before Trashing

Many items that your pet no longer uses or has grown out of might still be able to be put to use at a shelter. Call your local shelter to see if they need any of the items, or organize a swap with friends and neighbors.

3. Make Your Donation Count

If you are still mailing checks to your favorite animal charity, switch to online or telephone donations or automatic direct debiting from a bank account (and go paperless on statements).

Stay tuned for more tips to come…

Eco-Friendly Dog Waste Disposal

This month, I want to focus on eco-friendly practices I can implement in my pet sitting/dog walking business as well as what you can do as a pet owner.  My first order of business was finding the best way to dispose of dog doo.  This was not as easy as it seemed.

Based on my research, the best option would be to compost in a commercial facility.  Unfortunately, our town doesn’t have this option.  Looking at the other choices, such as biodegradable bags, compostable bags, or flushing down the toilet, I found the best option is using biodegradable bags.

 

Pet-Waste-Group-310x310Unfortunately, the term “biodegradable” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Truth is, when it comes to dog waste bags, it’s not easy to be as “green” as we’d like to be.  These bags won’t biodegrade while trapped in an anaerobic garbage tomb, but I feel this is still the best option for now.

Companies making the effort to produce waste bags that conform to standards for compostability/biodegradability are, in general, striving to be earth-friendly in all facets of the business. Using sustainable raw materials in a plant-based waste bag is still more eco-conscious than producing a traditional polymer bag.

After all of this research, I’ve decided to have the business use the BioBag brand.  Hopefully in the near future, there will be more eco-friendly options, but for now, this is the best choice.

Gina LaMonica- owner C & G Pet Sitting