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Celebrating Earth Hour – 5 ways to be eco-friendly when you own a pet

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Pets can have a significant negative impact on the environment – but here are a few ways you can limit it.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 29/03/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:50

Earth Hour started as a simple lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, but is now the largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people worldwide to take action for the planet and the future. You can participate by turning all your lights out in solidarity with the movement on Saturday 30th of March, 8:30 PM your time.

Reducing our carbon pawprint

As we make efforts to save our planet, we must think of new ways to limit our impact on the environment. Pets also have an impact, and it is up to us to think of ways we can limit it.

1. Purchase used toys

Cats and dogs don’t need hundreds of toys or fancy collars and leashes to be happy. But if you still want to purchase at least a few toys, why not check online and buy toys that have already been used? Recycle your toys when you no longer need them by re-selling them or donating them.

2. Use bio-degradable poop bags

You should always pick up your dog’s poop, as dog poop is a source of bacterial pollution in streams, rivers, and lakes, which can ultimately impact our health. However, you can use eco-friendly poop bags, which are made of recycled materials, and being vegetable-based, are certified BPI compostable.

3. Feed thoughtfully 

Choose non-GMO foods made with meat by-products, to limit the environmental impact of the meat industry. Buy or make pet food with organic pature-raised and/or organic grass-fed ingredients. You can even find insect protein-based pet foods!

4. Protect wildlife

Train your dog recall to avoid him going off to chase squirrels and other woodland creatures. As for cats, you can purchase collars especially made to alert birds of their presence before they get a chance to attack. See our article about this here.

5. Adopt don’t shop

You can recycle pets too. Instead of feeding into the continuous breeding industry, why not choose a pet that’s already here, and waiting for a home? Always spay and neuter your pets! 

Every little helps when it comes to saving our planet. Happy Earth Hour!


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