By Amber Kingsley
Being green and reducing our carbon footprint can be challenging at times, but often the simplest of changes in our lifestyle or alterations in our daily routine can make a big difference when it comes to caring for Mother Earth. With a little bit of help, together with caring for our own underdogs and us as their masters, we can become champions for the planet when it comes to conservation, recycling and reduction to our troubled environment.
Let’s look at six simple ways we can help to protect our planet and the environment when it comes to interacting and caring for our favorite, four-legged friends:
#1 - Using Technology
Some of today’s tech has offered many ways to protect and play with our pets more efficiently like GPS technology and automatic fetch machines. For dogs who come in and outside of our homes almost constantly, an automatic pet door is the answer to this type of dilemma. Instead of standing there with the door wide open waiting for our pet to come inside (wasting HVAC on the outside world), the entrance and exit of our animals is monitored and controlled.
#2 - Reuse and Recycle
Often we don’t think of reusing materials when it comes to our pets, but there’s at least one way we can do a type of recycling when it comes to potty patrol. As responsible dog walkers, we’re often required by law (and common decency) to pick up after our pets. Instead of purchasing new products for this daily chore, think about reusing other commonly tossed products like:
● Sandwich bags or quart-size bags
● Plastic produce bags from the grocery store
● Any type of container or bag you’re about to discard, even aluminum
Depending upon the size of your pet, instead of throwing these once-used items away after a single use, we can put them aside and give them another task before they become trash in our already overcrowded landfills.
#3 - Comfort In Composting
Disposing of waste and reusing this natural resource is a vital part of the the green and eco-friendly movement, but does it work with canine castoffs? According to a government study, from the USDA, biological dog waste can be combined with other pet-friendly ingredients to make an effective and successful compost.
Reduce, renew, and repurpose, who would have thought all three of these three components could come together to involve a way to deal with dog poop?
#4 - Making Treats And Food
Inside of the plastic, canned or cardboard containers of these many pet treats and food products that are produced, manufactured and distributed around the world, causes more waste into our already stressed environment. Try searching the internet for healthier, safer, greener goods and various recipes we can make for our pets that lose the middle-manufacturer.
#5 - Buying Earth Friendly Toys
Again, instead of purchasing new items found in traditional plastic packaging, pet toys come in many different forms and presentations. Some of these furry favorites that we find in pet store shelves are just as attractive and playful as used stuffed animals we come across in thrift stores, garage and yard sales at a fraction of the cost.
Especially if you have a dog that shreds these types of toys in a very short amount of time, you’ll save a bundle when it comes to buying these playthings in a retail environment. You’ll need to arm yourself with a couple of tips when it comes to purchasing these items just like when you’re buying toys for a child. Beware of choking or ingestion hazards like plastic, pull-away buttons or other accoutrements that can be removed quickly and then digested.
#6 - Water, Water Everywhere
For those of us who drink plenty of water in our household and have either bottles or glasses of this liquid laying around at the end of day, don’t pour them down the drain. Instead, top off your pet’s water bowl instead of wasting this precious resource.
You shouldn’t reuse H₂O that’s been sitting around in the heat, like those found outdoors or baking inside a hot car, just those that are lying around the house after just a few hours. Paying attention to what we’re carelessly discarding everyday can help us and our four-legged friends to protect the environment.