17 Jan Going Green Tips For Dog Owners
If you have a dog, you’re probably thinking about feeding it, walking it, and giving it the attention it craves as soon as you get home from work. You may not even be thinking about how you can go green with your dog. Lucky for you, the experts here at Lakeshore Recycling Systems have been thinking about it. There are actually a few things that you can do to lower your carbon footprint while you’re spending time with man’s best friend. Your dog will thank you for leaving a cleaner environment to run around in.
Recycle Pet Food Containers
If your dog eats food out of aluminum cans, make sure that you’re recycling all of them. If your dog eats two meals a day and each one comes out of a single reusable can, that’s roughly sixty cans per month that you’re dealing with! Disposing of each one properly is an easy and effective way to go green with your dog.
Buy Healthier Food
On that same note, buying healthier food can also be a good way to lower the carbon footprint that you and your dog leave. Some pet foods use animal by-products and low-grade ingredients. By opting for natural and organic foods, you’re not just giving your dog a healthier diet. These foods are made in more sustainable ways, preserved with natural substances, and create less environmental issues than conventional food may.
Purchase Green Toys and Accessories
It’s also easy to find dog toys and accessories that are made from greener materials. Collars and leashes can be made from hemp. Many dog toys are made from recycled materials and other sustainable fibers. You can find pet beds that are made using organic cotton. You can even purchase a recycled PET bottle to store water in for long walks or hikes.
Use Natural Pet Care Products
When you’re bathing your dog, you can use natural products that don’t include chemical ingredients. These products will leave less residue and waste behind, and we think that your furry friends will appreciate more natural, gentle shampoos and soaps. This also applies to cleaning products. When your dog has an accident, use a safer, more natural product for cleaning up after him.
Buy Biodegradable Poop Bags
When you clean up after your buddy on walks, opt for biodegradable bags instead of plastic ones. Plastic bags can stay in a landfill for years and years without decomposing. You don’t want to contribute to that.
Buy in Bulk
When you’re buying products like the ones mentioned above, buy in bulk. This isn’t just convenient or a way to save money. Products packed in bulk use less packaging materials, which means that you’re producing less waste. You’re also taking less trips to the store for pet supplies, which means that you’re producing less carbon emissions.
Adopt Your Pet
Adopting your pet can also be a greener way to get a new dog. Irresponsible puppy breeders can leave a large carbon footprint, so adopting from a shelter is the way to go.
If you want more tips or need help going green, talk to your local waste services company in Chicago today. We’re ready to help with your waste and recycling needs.