Carbon Pawprint. Pet owners join movement to reduce pollution and conserve natural resources From organized recycling drives to hybrid vehicles, people show their concern for our environment in a variety of ways. Pet owners are also concerned with the environment, lessening their carbon footprints and paw prints – and finding “going green” has never been so fun.
Dog and cat toys may not seem like a big environmental concern, but the production of vinyl and plastic pet playthings can cause detrimental effects to ecosystems. With this in mind, companies new and old are creating whole lines of “organic” and “eco-friendly” pet toys for your best friends. Using organic raw materials and dyes, new colorful pet toys provide entertainment for your pet without harming the environment. Many of these toys – even some pet beds – are made with plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in the trash. One company estimates sales of their pet beds have kept more than 30 million plastic bottles out of local landfills!
And speaking of trash, each year several million tons of cat litter is thrown away. Since most cat litter is composed of clay-like substances that actually retain more moisture, this waste ends up taking more space at the local landfill. Additionally, these products are not biodegradable, but instead made from non-renewable resources. Today, cat litter companies have found new ways to make litter that are not only environmentally friendly, but provide great odor control.
Organic pet foods and holistic medicines are also seeing phenomenal sales increases. But, veterinarians urge pet owners to exercise caution before switching medications or foods. Any pet owner with a desire to find “green” medications or food should spend time speaking with their family veterinarian to ensure it will be appropriate for their pet and its medical condition. Everyone wants to do their share to keep our Earth beautiful and available for future generations. Now pet owners can also add their efforts on behalf of their four-legged friends. Lessen your pet’s carbon paw print – check with your veterinarian or your local pet retailer for eco-friendly products and companies.