Monday, September 23, 2013

Greening Up the Furry Life

Hi, everyone! Today we are focusing on the life we share with our furry little companions. You may not realize how much waste pet products can create, but with a few simple tricks and tips, you can lead your pets towards greener pastures!

Feed your dog veggie food! There are many options out there that are not only organic but healthier as well. Most pets enjoy fruit and vegetables and though you might not be too keen to grow your own garden, it's fair to consider homemade treats such as baked pumpkin slices or sweet potato balls.

Use all natural and ECO friendly shampoos and grooming products. Ensure the safety of your pets as well as your loved ones by knowing what goes into the products you use on your furry friends. You can never be too cautious, especially since dogs and cats are known to lick, well, themselves!

Use all natural kitty litters like wheat litter products. You might be surprised what other natural ingredients can contribute to products for your pets. Take the time to research and find that perfect blend of healthy and organic - after all, you and your pet deserve the best!

Recycle your pets’ products… old beds, crates, brushes, bowls and toys make great donations to animal shelters. Not only will you be able to share what you have with others, you also reduce waste that could have instead ended up in a landfill. Remember, every step we take counts!

Adopt, don’t shop for animals. Shelters and rescues have just about any pet you can think of available for adoption. Once you find the perfect companion, be sure to schedule them to be spayed or neutered - imagine the overabundance of abandoned animals that already exist and think of how you are helping them by preventing further abandonment. Be responsible!

Pick up after your dog! Use an old newspaper or a leaf if you can. Or if neither of those are available, a second choice would be a compostable poop bag. It is so important that you don’t use extra plastic bags for this! You might think it’s a good thing, because you’re reusing (which is important to do, but it’s better if you just use reusable bags in the first place), but when you put the poop inside the plastic bag, you are preventing it from breaking down in the landfill (just like the bag). It’ll just sit inside the bag in the landfill forever, defeating the purpose of this whole blog!

Do you have any tips on how to lead a greener, cleaner life? We want to hear from you!