3 Simple Ways to Green Your Pet

posted: 05/15/12
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How big is your pets carbon "pawprint"?
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We all love our pets, but did you know that some of your habits, and your pet's, could be destroying the environment? Before you start worrying too much, here are three simple ways to reduce your pet's carbon footprint.

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It's starts with the bowl.
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No, you don't have to make your pets vegetarians in order to reduce their impact on the environment, but slightly changing their diet can be a positive step. For one, try making your pet a localvore. That means find pet foods that are grown locally so it doesn't have to travel thousands of miles to your pet's dinner bowl. This cuts down on pollution, and your pet might enjoy a fresher meal too! Additionally, if you have the time, cooking pet meals yourself could be healthier and more eco-friendly.

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Add a little green to playtime.
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Try offering your pet toys made out of recycled materials. You can be creative and make playthings out of items from your own home like old stuffed animals and rope. However, make sure there are no small parts on the toy that could be a choking hazard. But if you aren't the craftiest, you can buy sustainable toys made out of recycled materials. Your pets will be so busy having fun; they won't even notice the difference.

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Natural ingredients make for safe and effective cleaning supplies.
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Every pet is going to make a mess sometime and most likely when you least expect it, but before reaching for the chemically-based cleaning supplies try going for a more green option. Some cleaning supplies can be harmful to your pets and the environment, so opt for more natural materials like baking soda, lemon juice, and club soda. These items will remove the stain and won't harm your pet if ingested. Then, if the spot is gone but the smell still remains, a vinegar and water mixture can be used to reduce odor and prevent mold growth.

But if it's your pet that is the source of the unpleasant mystery smell in your home, try giving your pet a dry bath with baking soda in between washings or at least check the labels of their shampoos for eco-friendly materials.

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