Living a more sustainable lifestyle is a great way to save money long-term, while helping the planet along the way. While we all know about recycling and avoiding single-use plastics, becoming a more sustainable pet owner is something you may not have even thought of!
Being a sustainable pet owner comes with many benefits to ourselves, our pets and our planet. And doing so doesn’t actually take a lot of time or effort. It can be something as simple as switching out some generic pet products to longer lasting sustainable pet accessories.
Here are some ideas for lowering your carbon paw-print!
Firstly—adopt, don’t shop!
Many pets find themselves in shelters around the world every year for no fault of their own. Adopting one of these cats, dogs, birds or small pets not only helps give these animals a loving home and second chance at happiness, but it also decreases the demand on deliberate breeding and the impact this has on the environment. It also helps prevent overpopulation and discourages ‘backyard breeders’—there is real impact here!
Not only that, but there is something special about the love an adopted pet gives in return for being welcomed into your family and home.
Make Mittens obvious to local wildlife
While pet cats should ideally be kept indoors, when determined enough—they will find a way out and into the big wide world! Adding a bell to a quick-release breakaway cat collar gives wildlife, like birds and other critters, a heads up if your cat has made a break for it and is heading their way.
Sustainable pet collars are also a great way to lower their carbon pawprint, as generally they are made using sustainable and high-quality materials that last a lot longer (reducing impact on the planet).
Consider switching to eco-friendly food
Switching your pet’s food can be better for both your furry, feathered or scaly friends, and the environment. The next time you go to buy pet food, take a moment to look at the ingredients and packaging.
Every pet will have different nutritional needs, so it’s best to have a chat with your vet. However, looking for natural ingredients is always a good place to start.
Planet-friendly play time with sustainable toys
Did you know many recycled plastics are not only planet-friendly, they’re also harder for your pet to destroy? Less mess and help the planet—yes please!
Any pet owner will know the pain of replacing the mountain of pet toys their four-legged friend chews through. The good news is, many eco-friendly pet toys are made from bamboo, recycled plastic and other animal-safe materials, which also tend to be sturdy enough for even the sharpest teeth to gnaw.
Level up their grooming products
Some pet grooming products are filled with unnecessary and harmful chemicals. Making the switch to more sustainable grooming products can help prolong the life and health of your pet, but also be more beneficial to the planet too.
Eco-friendly pet grooming products tend to be made with more gentle, natural ingredients chosen for a specific benefit. So making the switch may mean a shinier, happier pet.
Making the switch to just a few sustainable pet products will help you create a greener footprint for you and your pets. Plus, most of them mean a happier pet too, making it win-win!