We all need to do our part to help conserve the environment, and that includes our pooches too! There are simple changes we can make to ensure our dogs are living a green lifestyle. These tips will not only protect the environment, but will make your dog happier and healthier, too!
Clean up your act
Yes, dogs can be messy. Choose natural cleaning products the next time your dog creates a mess. Natural household cleaners (such as Seventh Generation) exclude dangerous chemicals that are harmful to the environment as well as to your pet. Replace your all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent with a natural option. Companies such as Seventh Generation and Charlie’s Soaps offer green, safe and effective natural cleaners. Also, keep old towels and rags around for easy clean up. No need to go through a roll of paper towels when you can wash and reuse cloths!
Most plastic is not biodegradable and while some plastic can be recycled, most plastic ends up in our landfills where it will exist long past our lifetimes. Plastics also can contain harmful chemicals, such as BPA and phthalates, which make them a danger to our pets. When shopping for food and water bowls, be sure to choose stainless steel options over plastic. Also, avoid purchasing toys made of plastic and buy only biodegradable waste pick up bags.
To avoid creating more waste, look for ways to reuse materials that you might otherwise consider trash. For example, you can make a tug toy by cutting up strips of old towels or t-shirts and braiding them together. Or check out your local thrift store for old blankets and comforters your dog would enjoy for bedding.
Recycle and buy recycled goods
Support companies who use recycled materials for toys and packaging. When you are choosing dog treats, for example, choose a brand that uses recyclable packaging or is packaged in recycled material. Also, be sure to bring your own reusable bags along for when checking out at the pet store.
Buy high-quality pet products that will last throughout your dog’s lifetime, rather than products you will have to throw away and replace. While cheaper products may seem like a bargain now, the cost to your wallet and to the environment will add up when you have to replace them several times over.
Pamper with natural bath products
Most shampoos and other dog toiletries are loaded with harsh chemicals and fragrances that are detrimental to the environment as well as to your pet’s health. Choose pet bath products that use 100 percent natural ingredients and are sulfate free, phthalate free and paraben free. For example, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps contain all-natural ingredients and will get your dog clean and smelling great.
Let your dog inspire you to save energy and turn off the TV. Playing outside and spending quality time with your dog will reduce your energy bill and make your dog healthier and happier. Are you exercising with a cardio machine? Instead, take your dog on a walk or run outside.
Dogs love nature, so they have an interest in protecting it. Use these tips to help curb your pup’s environmental pawprint. Green dogs are healthy and happy dogs, and they can inspire us all to live more sustainably.
Michelle Rogerson is a freelance writer who blogs about simple, green and kind living at www.GreaterGoodLife.com.