Here are a few ideas for you and your pet to be greener…we’d also like to know how you reduce your carbon paw prints.
Adopt a “recycled” pet.
Why buy a pet from a pet store or breeder when you can adopt one of the 70,000 puppies and kittens born every day in the US? Shelters are currently over-extended, and adopting from a local shelter can reduce the burden on these facilities and perhaps save the life of a dog in need.
Spay or neuter your pet.
This helps prevent the over-crowding of shelters, which is taxing on our resources. Spaying and neutering your dog can also help eliminate testicular, ovarian, and uterine cancer, and decreases incidents of prostate cancer.
Biodegrade the stinky stuff.
When picking up dog droppings, consider using biodegradable bags. Standard plastic bags will sit in a landfill for years and not allow the waste to biodegrade. An even better idea: compost poop in a pet waste composter (just don’t use on your edibles) or invest in a doggy septic system.
Buy products made from sustainable virgin and recycled materials.
Toys made from sustainable resources such as hemp and all-natural rubber are not only free from chemical toxins, but have a smaller impact on our environment. All-natural rubber is considered “low-impact” because it is derived from quick-growing rubber trees that reproduce at a rapid rate. In fact, a rubber tree can be harvested for 25 – 32 years.
Buy products that last.
A big part of the Ruff Wear philosophy is producing products that last, so they don’t end up in a landfill. By buying products that are durable, useful, and high quality, you won’t need to replace them—so less is produced and fewer items end up in the garbage.
Clean up nature by cleaning all-naturally.
Use natural pet care and cleaning products. Chemical-laced shampoos and cleaning products impact our water supply, and have the potential to be toxic to your pet. There are a variety of all-natural products as well as home remedies that are just as effective as other cleansers and have less of an impact on the environment.
Walk and shop.
If you live close to the grocery store, opt to take your dog for a walk to the store instead of driving. Just load your dog up with a dog pack and let him or her carry the groceries back. Your dog will love the exercise, and you will save on gas.