How to be an Eco-Friendly Pet Owner

Practicing a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t just apply to you – it should apply to our favorite furry-friends, too! Pets can have a significant impact on the environment, between using an abundance of plastic toys, using products with toxic chemicals in them, and even not cleaning up after them, these seemingly minor acts can be detrimental for the environment. Here are some easy ways to make our best four-legged friend live a healthier, eco-conscious life (or 9 of them).

  • Adopt don’t Shop

Pet overpopulation is an enormous issue, and according to the Helping Hands Humane Society, around 8 to 12 million cats and dogs are euthanized each year because there aren’t enough available homes for them. When deciding to get a new pet, be mindful of the impact adoption will make on this issue, and about all the resources that will be freed up for other animals in need!

  • Non-Toxic Grooming Products

It’s important to not only be aware of the chemicals in our products, but also our pet’s products, especially when it comes to grooming and maintenance. A majority of these products have harmful chemicals in them such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), a preservative used in dog shampoo, which can cause allergic reactions and has also been classified as a potential human carcinogen, along with SLS (sodium laureth) or SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate), which is used as detergents in dog shampoos, and have been found to cause eye/skin irritation, the EWG has also linked SLS to cancers and neurotoxicity. 

Instead, try using natural and organic products, some great brands include EarthbathTropiclean,and Opie & Dixie.

  • Sustainable Toys

How can we reduce our use of plastics? Buying pet toys that are made of recyclable / renewable materials will certainly help. Toys like theBecoBallfrom Beco Pets, made with natural, non-toxic, BPA-Free rubber, and Cycle Dog’s Duraplush Bone-Pridetoy, made from Post-Consumer recycled materials with its filling made from recycled plastic bottles, are committed to making sustainable pet products that your four-legged friend will love, but are better for them and our environment!

  • Clean up after your Pet

When taking your dog on a walk, make sure you clean up after them! It’s not only courteous, but actually makes a huge difference for the environment. Pet waste is an environmental pollutant. Dog waste contains dangerous pathogens and bacteria that can be a health hazard to humans and other animals (think E. coli, salmonella, tape worms), it can burn through the lawn, spread disease and can contaminate our waterways. The same goes for cats – never flush their waste down the toilet, it can contaminate our waterways with disease and can be toxic to marine life. 

We’re sure your pets will thank you with lots of purrs and happy wagging tails!

Sara White