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Top tips for being a more sustainable and eco-friendly pet parent in 2021

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If you want to be more eco-friendly in 2021, don't forget your pets have a carbon pawprint too. Check out these tips to having a more eco-friendly year.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 19/01/2021, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

Many of us have already made significant changes to our habits and behaviours to help the environment. But what about our pets? Our beloved four-legged friends also have a considerable impact on the environment. 

If you aim to live more sustainably in 2021, you'll need to think about what you can also do to reduce your furry friends' carbon pawprint. Eco-friendly cat litter brand Natusan has put together some great ideas to help you be more sustainable this year.

1. Swap to a greener cat litter

Most cat owners don't think about where their cat's waste ends up after they've emptied their feline's litter tray. However, a staggering 2 million tonnes of cat waste ends up in landfill in the UK. Switching to a 100% natural and biodegradable cat litter will make a huge difference in reducing your cat's carbon pawprint.

2. Eat less meat

A large amount of both human and pet emissions come from meat. While cats require a meat-based diet, you can substitute some of the meat in your canine companion's diet with vegetables and seeds. You can, of course, look to reducing your own meat consumption to help climate change. Even if you just swap one or two meat-based meals a week, it can make a difference.

3. Pass on plastic packaging

Plastic bottles and packaging have a huge impact on the environment. What cannot be recycled will end up in landfill or incinerated, producing 233,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year. Reduce your plastic waste by only buying pet food and your family's food that come in recyclable tins and packaging.

4. Don't drive for walks

Transport is the biggest culprit when it comes to noise and air pollution in the UK. While our cars are the main source of greenhouse gases, most journeys are less than three miles. It's very easy just to jump in the car and drive to a park for a dog walk or game of fetch. However, this year, try to find other places that are in walking distance. Walking is not just better for the environment, but is also a great form of exercise and can significantly improve your physical and mental health.

5. Think before you buy

Changing our shopping habits can make a huge difference. Take a moment to think about whether you actually need the item, how and where it was made and are there any 'greener' alternatives? Also, make sure you always read labels. For instance, many pet shampoos and sprays can contain chemicals which can be harmful to the environment.

Other ideas suggested by Natusan include:

  • Delete old emails, photos and videos
  • Return, rehome, repurpose, recycle old clothes
  • Know what you can and can't recycle
  • Clear out old, unwanted electricals
  • Stop draining energy by switching off your TV
  • Conserve energy at home
  • Support a charity
For more eco-friendly ideas check out our tips for becoming a sustainable cat owner.