Greening Your Pets

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 in Green Tip

Cats and dogs are a part of the family, and just like humans, they eat food with a significant carbon footprint. Consider buying organic pet food that helps ensure no synthetic pesticides have been sprayed on the food.

What your pet eats can have the most impact on the planet when it becomes waste! If you don’t pick up after your pet, stormwater will carry that pet waste and other pollutants directly into our waterways. That animal waste adds nitrogen to the water, and excess nitrogen depletes the oxygen in water necessary for underwater grasses, wildlife and fish.

Many consumers are encouraged to buy pet-waste bags that are biodegradable, but biodegradable products are meant for composting. When they go to the landfill, they are cut off from oxygen, making their degrading process very slow. So instead of spending money on those bas, try purposing plastic bags that were used to package clothing, food, or even junk mail. For example, the bags that your newspapers come in or the produce bags from the grocery store make great, free doggie bags.

When you go shopping for your pet, choose gear and toys made by eco-minded manufacturers. That said, buying greener doesn’t mean you have to buy more. You can save money by making your own chew toys out of old cotton t-shirts or you can make your own cat litter using old newspaper shreds.

Hopefully, all of these tips will help your reduce your pet’s environmental pawprint!

Contributed by Brooke Lehenbauer