We believe in caring for our planet the way it cares for us. Every little action makes a difference.
So here are a few tips for to get started with an eco-friendly life with your pets:
1. RE-USE, RE-USE, RE-USE
Did you know every time you make a purchase at the store raises your carbon footprint? When you take an item off the shelves, another ones comes in right after. It does not magically appear – obviously – but retail giants are all about efficiency when it comes to having enough stock available to sell.
Check out the local thrift shops and antiques in the CT Shoreline for pet items. Thrift shopping can be very fun!
2. CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM
If you HAVE to end up buying something opt to purchase eco-friendly pet products. Nowadays, there are plenty of eco-friendly food products, shampoos, biodegradable kitty litter (did you know traditional kitty litter is not biodegrade?), and other biodegradable and recycled products. Try to also avoid plastic when possible.
3. THAT POOP CAN GO A LONG WAY
Consider composting your pet’s waste. Did you know pet waste can be particularly hazardous pollutants? There are many ways your pet’s waste compost can be highly efficient, just be sure not to use it for plants or produce meant for human consumption. Look for a second hand composter!
4. YOU DO NOT *NEED* THE TOY FROM THE STORE
Did you buy that $200 cat bed but they are happier in the box it came in? This is a common occurrence with cat households – haha! Look around your home and see what would help entertain your pet that does not require a trip to the store. You save $ and the environment!
5. UPCYCLING IS FOR COOL PEOPLE
Upcycle pet food bags. Unfortunately, pet food bags are not recyclable, but there are ways you can upcycle them. Wash them up and use them to store paint brushes, or turn them into other useful household items.
6. WHY PUT IT IN A PLASTIC BAG?
Use biodegradable or flushable poop bags. Most of us are good about picking up after dogs, but how do we do that without using so much plastic? Thankfully, there are now biodegradable pick-up bags and also flushable ones. Some people pick up and throw in the woods to decompose, it helps keep the deer away from your precious flowers.
7. ONE KITTY’S TRASH IS ANOTHER KITTY’S TREASURE
Donate toys and other goods. Donate unused or almost new toys and other items such as blankets, bowls, or beds to shelters or others who don’t mind hand me downs.
8. SPAY & NEUTER
By not spaying or neutering your pets, you contribute to the already millions of stray pets that roam around or wind up in shelters. Sadly, many of these pets are euthanized. Reducing the number of homeless animals conserves important resources, such as food and energy. Some strays also become feral and they
can be harmful to many other animals.
9. ADOPT AND SAVE A LIFE – and the planet!
One of the best ways to be an eco-friendly pet owner is to adopt. There are millions of homeless pets in shelters who need a home, and those who are not adopted are often euthanized. This also helps the overpopulation of many shelters and energy consumption.
Imagine the positive environmental impact you and your pets could have by adopting some, if not all, of these eco-friendly habits.
Our Lower River Valley & Shoreline is a beautiful area. We are very lucky to live in a place where the air is cleaner than most places on Earth. Look at Daisy enjoying our weekly hikes – let’s help keep it that way!