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.
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.
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!