Your pets – and their health – are a product of the earth, and what better way to take care of your animals then to respect the planet they call home? Although it’s a good idea to practice eco-consciousness all year round, Earth Day, is the perfect time to switch out unsustainable habits for greener, safer options – and you don’t have to sacrifice a thing! You can pamper your pet and keep the planet healthy by using eco-friendly products and making a few small changes in your daily routine.
Pet homes can be messy places, and many people turn to familiar commercial cleaning products to keep their homes looking and smelling clean, but many of these cleaners are not only bad for the environment – they can be harmful to the health of your entire family; especially your pet. Instead, try making your own spray cleaner at home with a combination of vinegar, water, and baking soda, or go with an organic cleaner like Pee Whiz, which not only cleans the stains from pet messes – it literally breaks down the compounds that cause odors!
If you have a cat at home, you may not realize that your litter box uses tons of strip-mined material that is both wasteful and harmful to the environment, but there are plenty of alternative options. Companies like www.gcpet.com and www.nextgenpet.com make earth-friendly litters made of recycled materials like wood chips, newspapers, and green tea leaves, so your kitty can leave their mark where it belongs – not in a landfill.
If you’re a dog parent, you’ve probably used plenty of plastic bags to clean up after your pet’s outdoor messes, but these also take up space in landfills, and can be harmful to wild animals. Instead of reaching for a discarded grocery bag, take a cute tote with you to the store and use a biobag from www.biobagusa.com to pick up after your pup.
Once you’ve made these simple adjustments, you can focus on the fun stuff – like organic foods and treats to tempt your pet’s palate and cute, sustainable dog clothes! If you want to fill your pet’s dish with something that’s healthy, all-natural, and sustainable visit www.thehonestkitchen.com to check out their wide variety of treats and foods, all of which are 100% organic and crafted with a planet-friendly attitude. Blue Buffalo also makes a great line of products featuring all real meat, whole grains, and natural vegetables.
Green pets don’t have to be crunchy – they can still be four-legged fashionistas thanks to companies like The Modern Canine and www.earthdoggy.com. Both feature products that will keep your pet at the edge of the hottest trends without putting the planet at risk! The Modern Canine only produces their adorable outfits in limited runs, so you can be sure your dog will be a trendsetter – both as an activist and a fashion icon.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be difficult to be an eco-conscious pet parent. All it takes is a bit of research, a little awareness, and a lot of love. After all, you and your four-legged family members need a place to live! Don’t throw our planet out with the trash. Learn more about how you can participate in the global Earth Day initiative by visiting www.earthday.org, and do something good for the environment !