By Laura Potts, Digital Marketing Specialist at PetSafe
Today more than 170 countries will come together today to appreciate Mother Earth and raise awareness on how we can all do more for the environment. While we humans can do our part by recycling, taking shorter showers and carpooling, there are ways our furry friends can go green too. With over 160 million pet in the U.S. alone, it’s important that to start accounting for their carbon paw print too. Here are five things you and your pet can do to go green:
1. Reuse old toys: Does your pet destroy a plush toy in mere minutes? Instead of tossing old toys, try creative ways to bring a toy back to life. With a bag of extra squeakers, some minor sewing, and fresh stuffing, an old toy becomes just like new. For other toys, use a Lickety Stik to get your pet interested again. Toys like ropes can be washed (not dryed) to make them fresh again.
2. Watch out for waste: This applies to cats and dogs. On walks with your pup, make sure you have poo bags handy. Not only does it annoy neighbors to leave waste behind, it has a harsh impact on water quality nearby. For the felines, evaluate the quality of their litter. Cats can be particular so make sure you choose a litter they will use. For eco-friendly options, look for options like pine, corn, or newspaper that avoid harsh chemicals and are easily biodegradable.
3. Recycle household products: We all know our pets’ favorite toys often aren’t actually toys. Save items like aluminum foil, paper bags, old feather dusters, tissue paper, cardboard boxes, and yarn for endless hours of play with your pet without the added waste.
4. Make a homemade treat: Pamper your pet and help the environment at the same time with a home cooked snack. Without all the additives and long transport, a home cooked meal ensures you know where your pet’s food came from. There are also many pet cookbooks for great recipes.
5. Products: All natural flea treatments, leashes made of hemp, and toxin free pet shampoos are just a few of the countless products aimed at keep your dog healthy and happy while also keeping the environment in mind. When shopping, look for products doing more for Mother Nature.
Going green doesn’t have to happen overnight. How are you and your pet are celebrating Earth Day today?
Laura manages the complete digital media presence for the PetSafe Brand. Laura also donates her time to helping improve animal welfare. She has helped saved the lives of many pets through her work and more directly by adopting two dogs of her own, Ellie and Lincoln who often accompany her to work and to volunteer events in Knoxville.