How to Make your Pets Go Green
By Diana Smith
Most people get closely attached to their pets, because they bring much love and affection to their owners and, by doing so they improve our mental health and help us lead a stress-free and active life. They are our loyal family members and entertaining companions who give us unconditional love and bring joy into our lives. Animals, like people, comprise an essential part of our natural environment and they are significantly affected by it. They are exposed to adverse effects such as toxins in their food and chemical ingredients in drugs used for their medical treatment. There are many ways to bring green-living values to your pet and reduce your and your pet’s carbon-footprint and thus make this world a better place for everyone. Here are a few tips how to green-up your furry friends.
Due to the high level of greenhouse gases contained in most foods our pets consume, we should focus on purchasing the food without animal by-products or artificial preservatives. Since there is an increasing interest in green food products for pets, many companies started making pet food which has not been treated with any synthetic pesticides. Also, another option is to start feeding your pets with organic meat that is easily available in most health food stores or you can buy dog food online from reliable organic pet food sellers. One thing that every pet owner should consider is avoiding canned food as it releases a chemical bisphenol A that is detrimental to pet’s health, and substituting it with a plastic bag as it is the safest alternative, especially for dry pet food. Finally, you can always prepare food for your pet at home and make use of a variety of interesting recipes online.
It is commonly known that different food packagings such as cans, paper and plastic bags and cardboards pollute the environment. However, a wide range of pet products use recycled materials such as natural fibers or biodegradable cardboard which enable you to support green living by recycling everything you cannot reuse. There are many campaigns that promote environmentally friendly lifestyle through the process of recycling pet food packages whose aim is to raise money for various humanitarian and conservative causes. Instead of throwing away numerous tins and cans, it would be a good idea to generate some donation for an animal shelter or use them to create works of art.
Scooping dog’s waste
Pet waste has a damaging impact on our natural surrounding as it pollutes the water and can spread disease. While most pet owners bring a plastic or a paper bag whenever they take their pet outside, not many of them opt for bio decompostable or biodegradable bags reduces the pollution of a number of communities and parks. Some owners compost their pet’s waste by making it separate from the rest of the waste thus supporting waste separation initiatives.
Since there is an endless variety of pet products that can be found in most pet stores, we usually cannot resist spending some money on a few toys that will keep our pets entertained. However, we also frequently overlook the fact that we can make our own toys out of recycled materials or use common household items they can play with such as simple cardboard boxes, ball of yarn or a stick. It is both cost-effective and healthier as most plastic toys contain multiple chemicals. Also, purchasing a reusable pad instead of disposable pad will save some money and protect the environment from further environmental damage.
Finally, the best way to start green is to adopt a pet, preferably from a shelter and teach them how to support the green economy and care for their environment.