With the age of eco-friendly we’re in right now, it only makes sense that we are also including our furry ones to that too. We can definitely be conscious of our carbon footprint (and pawprints) with our pets. Organic foods, biodegradable shampoos and DIY ideas–there are so many ways to make a difference.
Did you know pet owners spent $9 billion in 2016 on eco-friendly products (according to research from Packaged Facts)? And it’s only growing! It feels like one day almost everything will be organic. Our pups might even eat better than me…
Here are some ways you can go green:
Make your own doggie toys and beds with stuff you already own! We all have old tees and sheets that are lying around. Instead of throwing them out, turn them into something your pup will love. You can easily use an old pillow case and stuff it with your unwanted clothes for a comfy dog bed–and he will love it because it smells like you. I like this DIY project at Pretty Fluffy for a no-sew dog bed.
Doesn’t this homemade Kong toy look amazing? I WANT TO EAT IT. Super easy to make. Instructions here.
Organic dog shampoo with as little ingredients as possible, so you know pretty much what’s in it. Earth Bath has great choices and is the #1 leading brand for pet grooming supplies. You can ALSO make your own shampoo (boil 3 cups of water with a rosemary stem, remove rosemary and mix the cooled water with a scoop of coconut oil, 5 tbs of Dr Bronner’s Baby Liquid Soap or Castile Soap, a few drops of lavender essential oil).
Love Earth Rated poo bags! They’re lavender scented and are biodegradable so it’s safe for the planet.
Alfie Pet Kima Bamboo Bowl is made from sustainable and biodegradable natural bamboo fiber. From Alfie, “Bamboo, one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, is a renewable plant that can grow back after its three to five year harvesting period. Bamboo uses minimal energy to produce and has a very low impact on the earth yet is able to produce strong, durable, attractive and completely safe products for your pet.”
Beef production uses more resources than other forms of protein. Make sure to use beef sparingly and feed your pup proteins other than beef (chicken, turkey, lamb, fish).
Make your own dog treats! Yummy! This recipe from Pinch of Yum uses bacon glaze.
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