You’ve become a pro at reducing your own carbon footprint. You shop your local Farmers Markets, drive less, rock Meatless Mondays and more. But what about your pet’s carbon pawprint? Are they on board with the green scene or lagging a bit behind in the sustainability department?
Well, they’re fixing their sweet puppy dog (or kitty) eyes on YOU to help them make a better environmental impact in their communities and the entire world. So from treats to dental care, check out all the best eco-friendly pet products we’re pawsitive you’ll love!
5 Top Eco-Friendly Pet Products
Dogs and cats love meat, so no surprise that the pet food industry makes a big dent in land, water and fossil fuel consumption. But reality check: it’s not like any of us are going to put our pets on a vegan diet any time soon. So many companies are taking a page from the (recipe) book of other countries, and using insects as a high-quality protein source.
Jiminy’s Original Cricket Cookie dog treats are made with cricket protein, a fantastic alternative protein that saves land, water and emits zero greenhouse gases. They’re non-GMO and USA-made with 100% North-America sourced crickets, plus yummy pumpkin, flax seed, lentils and peanut butter! These crick-a-licious treats are also winners of the prestigious SEAL award (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership).
Here’s the scoop on dog poop bags: we want ones that are earth-friendly, but we don’t want to get our hands dirty. That’s why Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags are a favorite among dog owners. These super-strong bags won’t rip or tear when you’re picking up your pet’s poo, and they’re extra-long so you won’t have to roll up your sleeves. Earth Rated dog poop bags are made with earth-friendly materials that break down with time, plus the inner roll cores and packaging are made of recycled materials. It’s a win for you, and a win for the earth.
Looking for an eco-friendly cat litter? It’s not an easy task. Most cat litters lining store shelves contain silica, which kicks up dust when you dump the litter in and out of the box and when your cat paws it around. Silica is a carcinogen when inhaled. Additionally, cat litters made of clay contain sodium bentonite, which causes clumping up to 15x its natural volume. These clumps are non-biodegradable. And don’t even get us started on all the litters with artificial fragrances.
A great alternative to traditional cat litter is FelinePine Cat Litter. As the name suggests, it’s made of 100 percent natural pine. No chemicals whatsoever. Pine litters rock the second “R” in “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”: … they’re made from used materials in lumber processing that would otherwise go to waste. And low dust means you – and your cat – can breathe easy.
Plastic pollution continues to be a big problem for the planet. (Check out these tips to use less plastic.) In fact, at the rate we’re going, by 2050, there could be more plastic waste in the ocean than there are fish.
Beco dog beds are helping to repurpose all those plastic bottles. These soft and comfy dog beds are stuffed entirely of recycled plastic bottles. Recycled cardboard is used for shipping too.
Mouthwash for dogs?! While your pet knows a lot of tricks like sit and roll over, you’re probably having a hard time picturing your pooch gargling with mouthwash. Well, dog mouthwash (also perfect for cats) is super safe and easy to use with Oxyfresh, a leader in premium, environmentally friendly dog dental and grooming products for 30+ years.
All you do is add 1 capful of this drinkable dog breath freshener into your pet’s water bowl and it will get right to work improving your pet’s breath and removing plaque. No toothbrushing! And it’s tasteless and odorless so they won’t know it’s in there.
We love pets and the earth too. That’s why this non-toxic, USA-made pet mouthwash is free of parabens (preservatives that lengthen the shelf life of a product). This is important for the environment, as recent research has identified parabens in the tissues of eight species of marine mammals in U.S. coastal waters, including dolphins, sea otters and polar bears.
Available in a 16-ounce recyclable bottle or buy by the gallon and keep refilling the same bottle to reduce your carbon footprint even more.
Get your paws on this popular dog dental item from Oxyfresh, and your pets will have fresher breath, healthier teeth and gums, and a greater chance for a longer lifespan. (Learn more about Oxyfresh’s 3 unique solutions to stop bad cat and dog breath.)
P.S. Did you know? Oxyfresh has a complete line of environmentally friendly dental products for humans too! Check them out at Oxyfresh.com.