How To Make Your Pooch Sustainable, One Paw At A Time
If you're trying to stick to sustainable living, you don't have to stop with your footprint — keep your pet's environmental impact in mind too.
Below we've listed five simple ways to make a smooth transition for your pup to put their best "green" paw forward.
DIY SHAMPOO & TOOTH BRUSHING
Many harmful toxins are our furry friends' pet shampoos. Instead of using conventional shampoos, try making your own from castile soap, vinegar, olive oil, and a few drops of essential oils for a natural fragrance.
Just like humans, dogs too can use bamboo toothbrushes (I get the softest bristles).
As far as toothpaste goes, dab on coconut oil and brush away harmful fungal and bacteria found in your pet's mouth.
We're not going to make a long list of ingredients and preservatives that are bad for your pet - there are too many! Just keep this in mind; if it looks "fake," it probably isn't good. Just like you wouldn't eat highly processed food, neither should your dog.
Instead, go natural! Frozen apple slices, carrots, and celery are excellent sources of fiber. Whole raw eggs are high in calcium, which will keep your pup's bones and teeth healthy. Please remember everything in moderation, too much of a good time will end in runny tummies.
BIODEGRADABLE POO BAGS
Make the easy switch from plastic to biodegradable poo bags. Biodegradable means the entire item will completely break down and return to mamma earth, within a reasonably short period.
Things to keep in mind:
- Don't throw poop bags in the regular trash, where they'll end up in a landfill.
- Don't put them in your home garden compost, as animal waste contains pathogens that can be harmful to humans.
- Don't put them in municipal yard waste bins, as most city compost facilities do not allow pet waste.
Before you ever repurchase plastic toys, remember this; plastic is essentially petroleum/ gas/ petrol in solid form. Do you want your best friend chewing on gas? I thought not...
This category we want to go 100% natural. These are our top picks:
- Kongs made from rubber.
Every dog or cat has a right to a non-toxic collar.
Hemp is known for its hypo-allergenic properties, which is perfect for sensitive dogs (or cats), who quickly develop allergies due to chemicals found in synthetic materials.
ECO-FRIENDLY PET STORES WE LOVE:
Earth Hero - Collars and leashes.
Earth Dog - Collars, toys, eco-bags, grooming, and more.
The Good Dog Company - Collars and leashes.
Eco Dogs And Cats - beds, toys, food, and more.
Bac-Out-Biokleen - Cleaning Products.
* Keep in mind, each furry friend is different and has different needs, which should be monitored and handled with caution.
Comment below with your favorite tips, or eco-friendly pet products/stores.