Go Green With Your Pet!
Zootoo’s quick and easy tips for being an eco-friendly pet owner.
Today, with the topic of climate change having a more noticeable impact on our everyday lives, the need to appreciate our planet has never been more critical.
For pet owners, the call to live greener should be even more meaningful — as guardians of animals, we’re also guardians of their home.
Authors Robert and Brenda Vale wrote in "Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living" that a medium-sized dog has a carbon footprint of 2.1 acres, compared with slightly more than one acre for a standard sport utility vehicle. While the carbon footprints of cats are comparable to those of small Volkswagens, two hamsters have the same carbon footprint as a plasma television, and those of goldfish are nearly equal to those of a pair of cell phones.
So what can you do to maintain an earth-friendly pet household? Follow Zootoo's Top 10 List for being a greener pet owner:
1. Choose recyclable litter, based from plants or old newspapers.
2. Groom with products free from phosphates, sulfates and other chemicals.
3. Clean-up pet messes with eco-friendly soaps and recycled products.
4. Buy pet supplies (such as clothes, scratching posts, or litter pans) made from sustainable materials.
5. Use a long-lasting pet food/water bowl, such as one made from stainless steel or ceramic.
6. Apply natural ingredients and chemical-free pest control solutions.
7. Stock up on supplies, products, and food to lower your shopping trips' emissions.
8. Pick supplies, products and food made locally to support greener manufacturing and shipping.
9. Scoop poop (and with recycled bags) so that waste's harmful bacteria doesn't enter the water system.
10. Carry your own bottled water when traveling with your pet.
How do you and your pet stay eco-friendly? Tell us below!
4 years ago
I am green, Sadly Skitters way of being green is not very healthy for her she will go outside in the backyard and look for kitty messes if she finds any she will eat them. If I let her in my bedroom and I don't keep an eye on her she try's to be green by eating what is in the litter box.
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