Today’s guest writer is Stacy Mantle. She is writing about how live a more sustainable lifestyle with your dog.
April 22 is Earth day and here at DogTV, we are focused on finding ways dog lovers can do to help out our planet. Fortunately, change is easy to make and you may just find some new pet supplies that both you and your dog will love!
Choose Sustainable Materials for Toys and Collars
Hemp crops are naturally resistant to many chemicals and pollutants, and does not require pesticides to thrive. When planted, hemp actually cleans the earth it is in, rather than stripping it of natural resources (like cotton). Since it’s 100% biodegradable, the remains of any shredded hemp toys or collars help replenish soil. The end result is a durable, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, mildew-free fiber that is nearly twice as strong as cotton!
If your pup is a fashionista who loves switching out collars each week to match moods, it’s time to think a little greener. Seek out manufacturers like Planet Dog for their stylish pet collars and Honest Pet Products for natural toys made from hemp and wool.
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Choose Sustainable Dog Treats
Unlike cats that are obligate carnivores, dogs are omnivores. This means they are able to thrive on a diet that consists of vegetables, grains and also proteins. Have you considered insects? There are many new treat and food manufacturers who choose insects as their primary protein.
Crickets, for example, require less space to raise, consume less water, and contain 35% more protein than beef and 65% more than chicken!
Check out Jiminys.com for more information on this earth-friendly way to supplement our dog’s diets.
Biodegradable Poop Bags
Plastic can take over 1,000 years to decompose in our earth. The oceans are so filled with plastic that it’s killing whales and other sea life who accidentally ingest it. At current rates plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
This is why it’s important to always choose well-designed, recyclable dog waste bags. While a dog’s waste will only take a few days to deteriorate, the bag that you put it in can take over 1,000 years! Choose a product that supports our earth.
Upcycle Old Materials into Pet Products
Did you know that you can make your own pet beds with items around the house? Consider upcycling an old suitcase or pallet into a sleeping area your dog will adore. These are some fun and simple ideas for upcycling pet beds on Pinterest. You’ll sleep a little better knowing you have reduced you and your dog’s carbon pawprint!
Choose Recycled Materials for Beds and Supplies
Dog supplies can be pretty unfriendly. You can make a difference by choosing items that are made of recycled materials. Not sure where to go? Check out CycleDog for your next pet collar. This company creates soft, waterproof dog collars from recycled bicycle tires!
Learn how you can make even more of a difference by visiting EarthDay.org. Together, we can make a world of difference for ourselves and our loving pets!
What do you and your pup do to be more environmentally friendly?
Have you incorporated sustainable products or practices?