Make your pets footprints green too!
If you care about our planet and being as environmentally friendly as you can be, congratulations on including your pets on this all important journey! 2020 has arrived and now, more than ever is the time to engage with the future of our planet.
Share My Pet believes that as pet owners we are responsible for ensuring our pet ownership leaves behind a green pawprint too. What does this mean?
There are lots of ways as a pet owner you can increase your pets green paw-print.
Here are some tips:
Try buying in bulk. Every time you buy a bag of feed, treats, kitty litter, bedding etc these items will be individually wrapped. Buying bulk means less overall waste and it usually works out to be more economical. If you buy in bulk be sure to store your purchase well so it stays dry, fresh and/or tasty.
Share My Pet supports the use of biodegradable doggy doo bags. There are many different brands out there and they are all better than using single use plastic bags which take years to break down. In some regions around NZ district councils are now providing the public with more environmentally safe options. If your local dog parks and popular dog walking areas provide poop bag dispensers that are kind to the environment -that’s great! Still using plastic? Why not write to your local council and express the need for changes to be made.
Here are links to several green companies within NZ:
Self composting dog and other pet poo kits are another great option. These improve the soil in your garden and reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.
Reuse and recycle where possible. For example, you could recycle the containers your pet food comes in or use your pets waste matter in a clever way. When we clean out our chicken coop we use the pea straw as a mulch in our garden. The plants love it! The same use of composting could be done with rabbit, guinea pig or mice droppings.
Support local business
When you buy locally grown, produced and manufactured items you are reducing the cost of transport, import tax, and your carbon foot print is greatly reduced. Plus you are helping to put food on the table and pay the mortgage of a local person in your community rather than line the pockets of a mega business. That’s a lot of happy dances for many small business owners!
Buy earth friendly products – ie for cleaning, washing or grooming your pet(s) and their belongings. Here are several great kiwi owned companies that aim to promote environmentally safe toys, pet food & pet accessories;
Honest Pet Products wide range of pet toys and pet food that is made using all natural materials and ingredients
Do No Harm They have a pet care section with loads of lovely products for your pet that are environmentally sound.
Conscious NZ owned ethical cleaning company.
Honeyvet Veterinarian approved pet care range including shampoo and soothing skin care spray for pets.
Homemade all the way
Make your own treats/pet toys. A great way to reuse and recycle old materials into fun new toys for your pet. Remember some toys can be choking hazards and toys should be played with under human supervision, especially with younger dogs.
Always be sure to check all ingredients are safe for pet consumption when baking.
Here are some great ideas on how to make your own toys
Sometimes it may feel like our pets are capable of eating us out of house and home. Over their life time pets eat a lot! We wouldn’t want it any other way so a great option to make a difference is to buy pet food that comes from sustainable farming, is locally produced and comes from companies with environmentally sound practices.
There are so many ways we as pet owners can help leave an Eco friendly paw print behind. If this topic interests you please check out these links below on other great articles about how you and your pet can be more environmentally aware and make a woofing big difference.
Many thanks for reading this! Share My Pet hopes you found some great new ideas on how to be an Eco friendly pet owner !!
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