10 Perfect Ways to Go Green with Your Pet on Earth Day – 2018 Update

This Earth Day you don’t need a green thumb to help the planet. You can replace all your light bulbs with fluorescent ones, walk or ride a bike when heading out to see friends, and buy recycled products. You can also change a few habits to go green with your pet on Earth Day.

Here are 10 pet-centric tips for being environmentally responsible:

1. Spring cleaning doesn’t mean you have to throw away old towels and blankets. Your local shelter may be able to use them. Call the shelters and rescue groups in your area and see if some of the things you no longer use or need can be reused.

2. When buying items for your pet, be an educated consumer. For instance, purchase natural shampoos in BPA-free bottles, collars made from sustainable materials like hemp, and pet beds or covers made from organic cotton or linen and/or recycled material.

dog wearing a hemp collar
Purchase pet products made from sustainable materials, like this hemp dog collar from Earthdog

3. If you have a lawn, say no to pesticides. Do you really want your dog or cat making regular contact with those sorts of chemicals? You’ll also be helping to lessen the pesticide run-off into our waterways.

4. Also, consider putting in a low-maintenance herb lawn, using a low-growing creeping herb like thyme. Your pup will be in heaven rolling in its aromatic (for once, in a good way!) foliage.

5. If you have a garden, make a little space for the veggies that your reptile buddies eat, and grow them organically. It’ll cut down on the grocery bill, and you’ll know what your pets are eating is pesticide free.

6. Baking treats for your pet is one way to cut down on the number of preservatives and dyes your pet may ingest. Here is one of our favorite recipes.

dog with homemade dog treat in mouth
Making your own doggie treats is easy and guarantees they won’t include unwanted chemical preservatives.

7. When picking up after your pup, be sure to use a biodegradable bag.

8. Use timers on the light bulbs in your aquariums for your fish and reptiles.

9. If there are feral cats in your area, one of the best ways you can help the environment is to have them neutered, if you are able to cajole them into a carrier. It will keep their population in check and lessen the stress on the local wildlife.

10. Finally, the very best kind of recycling there is–adopt a pet. There are so many wonderful cats and dogs at local shelters waiting for and deeply deserving of new homes.

Have a great Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day! 7 Tips To Be Green

Earth Day is today, April 22, 2011 and you may already be doing lots of things that are “green” such as buying cleaners that are safe for our environment and recycling plastics, glass, and cardboard. You probably also donate used clothing to your local second hand store and use canvas bags for grocery shopping. But what about your pet?

What are you doing with your cat, dog, bird, ferret, or other pet to be “green?” There are products we can buy, changes we can make to our daily routine, and behavior changes we can instill in our pets to aim for a healthier environment.

Here are 7 ways we can become greener pet parents:

1: Buy local. Support independent businesses and local farmer markets. It supports your local economy and cuts down on the gas used to transport groceries. Plus your pets may love the fresh snacks and you may find some amazing tasting food for yourself!

2: Kitty litter made from clay and other materials often contain chemicals that are harmful to our pets and us. Instead of using clumping or other tough litter, wean your cat onto cedar, corn, or pine litter. The litter is biodegradable and flushable without ruining septic tanks or can be used as compost.

3: Look for pet toys that have been made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, hemp, and other materials that are eco-friendly. Beds made from recycled materials such as plastic, cotton, and other materials are easier to find now than a few years ago.

4: Feed your pet high quality food that is organic. These foods contain nutrients that are minimally processed and tend to avoid the use of pesticides, hormones, and other ingredients that can harm our environment.

5: Instead of driving to the dog park or doggie daycare, put on those running shoes and take a jog, long walk, or jump on your bike with your furry friend at your side. It’ll save gas and you’ll be getting some more exercise with your buddy.

6: Protect your local wildlife by keeping your cat indoors. Cats have a prey drive and can impact the birds in our neighborhoods. Keeping them inside also protects your cat from dangers such as parasites, injuries from fights, and cars.

7: When giving your pet a bath, don’t let the faucet run. Use warm water instead of hot water and use a handheld attachment that can turn on and off with the squeeze of a trigger to decrease the amount of water used during bath time. Buy pet shampoos that are phosphate free to keep the bath water as environmentally friendly as possible.