5 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Pawprint
Decrease your pet’s impact on the planet with these tipsBy FamilyFeatures.com
There’s plenty of advice on ways to reduce your environmental footprint, but you might be wondering about the environmental pawprint made by your furry friend.
The following easy lifestyle changes may help reduce your pet’s environmental impact.
1Check those waste bags.
Use compostable baggies to pick up after your pet when you take walks. Plastic bags take years to break down, if at all. There are options made from plants and other materials that biodegrade quicker. When it comes to disposal, check with your local waste management services as regulations can vary by community. While many places suggest the compost pile, others may not.
2Consider your kitty’s litter.
For the vast majority of cat families, kitty litter is an absolute must. Look for a litter that’s made from natural ingredients you can put in the compost bin. Not only is this better for the environment, but natural ingredients keep your cat from accidentally ingesting toxic chemicals.
3Look at food packaging.
Pets go through a lot of food, and that means a lot of packaging. You can reduce waste by selecting options like buying food in recyclable cartons and bags. Also consider ways to upcycle empty food bags to get more use out of the material, such as using them to collect garden and yard waste. You can also flatten bags into waterproof mats for your vehicle’s floorboards.
4Prepare for water on the go.
While humans can easily drink water from a reusable bottle, most pets cannot. Instead of making a mess by attempting to give water with your hands, keep a stainless-steel water dish in your car. It’s a durable solution that keeps your pet from being exposed to chemicals in plastic or silicone.
5Choose durable accessories.
Pets go through countless leashes, toys and dishes across their lifespans. Thinking about these items as investments and purchasing items that are more durable means they last longer, and you’ll waste less. For gently used items you’re ready to discard, like outgrown leashes, consider whether they still have useful life and can be reused by a rescue group or shelter. Also, for toys in particular, it’s important to know what materials they contain. For example, some pet toys are made with plastic containing BPAs, which can be harmful and negatively impact the environment. Look for toys made from eco-friendly materials
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