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7 Tips to Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Paw Print

     by Earth Paw

Are you a pet lover and an earth lover? Many eco-friendly consumers work hard to reduce their carbon footprint, but they often overlook the problem of the "carbon paw print" of their pets. To minimize our pets' environmental impact, here are 7 simple steps that you can take to help your pets be more environmentally friendly:

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  1. Clean up after your pet regularly. The accumulation of pet waste is not only a health hazard, but it has a real environmental impact, especially if storm drains carry it into waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that two or three days worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shell fishing.
  2. Use biodegradable bags to dispose of pet waste. Every pet owner should be using biodegradable waste bags. A recent study in San Francisco determined that pet waste makes up 3.8% of residential landfills. Much of this landfill problem is the result of pet waste that is disposed of in regular plastic bags. Using biodegradable bags allows the pet waste to go back to the earth as nature intended.
  3. Recycle your pet waste. Consider using an in-ground pet waste septic system. These septic systems are a sanitary and environmentally friendly alternative for pet waste disposal.
  4. For cat lovers, consider using kitty litter made from recycled or organic materials. Traditional clay-based kitty litters contribute significantly to landfills and do not biodegrade. Greener choices are available, including recycled newspaper or flushable kitty litter made from organic materials, such as corn or wheat.
  5. Purchase all-natural pet food products. Look for the many healthy and eco-friendly alternatives for pet foods. Select pet foods that do not contain rendered meat or animal byproducts, and avoid pet foods made from protein sources that may contain growth hormones or antibiotics.
  6. Use eco-friendly pet grooming products. Avoid products that contain phosphates, sulfates and other chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. Earthbath pet shampoos do not contain these chemicals. If you purchase pet shampoos or flea and tick control products, read the label and select products that are made from natural earth-friendly ingredients. Some chemicals can be unhealthy for your pet and can leave a residual "toxic trail" wherever they go. If you send your pet to the groomer, ask the groomer if they have a choice of earth-friendly products.
  7. Buy earth-friendly pet toys and other products. When you buy toys, pet beds or other products for your pet, look for items that are made from all-natural materials.

Remember that you have a choice in the products and services that you buy for your pet. Choosing an earth-friendly pet product or service can make a real impact on your pet's carbon paw print!

Source: www.earthpaw.org/blog/ Thank you to Evan Wisell at Pet Food Warehouse, pfwvt.com, for sharing this with us.

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