Of course you want to give your pets the best life possible and that means doing what you can to lessen their impact on the environment by choosing effective, sustainable pet products to satisfy their needs. Just a few simple swap-outs can make a difference.
Wondering where to start? We’ll take you room-by-room to show you some of the seamless switches you can make to create a more environmentally friendly home for you and your pet.
The Living Room
First up is the living room where you’ll find the New Age Pet ecoFLEX Crate & End Table. Instead of using double the resources in the purchase of both a dog crate and a decorative table for your space, why not combine the two? This double-duty piece of furniture offers both function and fashion. Plus, it’s constructed from eco-friendly wood and recycled plastic, making it probably the greenest dog crate on your block.
As for kitties who want to go green, look to scratching posts and perches that utilize environmentally conscious materials. The PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge, for instance, is made with recycled ultra-dense cardboard and non-toxic corn starch glue, allowing your cat to exercise their natural urge to scratch in eco-conscious fashion.
You’re not alone if you think one of your pet’s favorite rooms in the house is the kitchen—so why not try to make it as environmentally friendly as possible? Serve up your pet’s grub in the New Age Pet ecoFLEX Elevated Double Diner Dog Bowl. The elevation is adjustable so you can set it at the perfect height for your pooch to eat comfortably. It’s also crafted from “ecoFlex” material, a non-toxic, recycled plastic-wood polymer, so you can serve up dinner with a side of stewardship.
To catch any kibble that makes its way onto the floor, be sure to set the bowls over a ORE Pet Big Bone Recycled Rubber Placemat. Not only will it save your floor, but it could potentially help in saving the planet, too, thanks to its construction of durable eco-friendly recycled rubber.
And if you’re looking for an after-dinner treat for your very good boy or girl, consider Earthborn Holistic EarthBites Grain-Free Skin & Coat natural dog treats. These goodies are designed to boost the health and appearance of your dog’s skin and coat, with a formula that contains lean whitefish and salmon proteins, peas, apples, blueberries, carrots and spinach. Your purchase can help better and beautify the planet, thanks to Earthborn Holistic’s “UPC for Trees” program. Just send in the barcode digits on the bag and Earthborn will plant a tree!
With the P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You Houndstooth Bolster Cat & Dog Bed, both you and your pet can drift off to sweet dreams of our beautiful planet. Its extra cozy, cuddly filling is actually made with 100 percent post-consumer, certified-safe recycled plastic bottles. Plus, the chic houndstooth cover is removable and machine washable for easy cleaning and durability.
And if you're a reptile pet parent, you’ve got options! Make that habitat eco-friendly with Zoo Med Eco Earth Compressed Coconut Fiber Expandable Reptile Substrate. This terrarium substrate is made from a compressed coconut fiber, a renewable source that, according to the brand, can be composted or recycled into potted plants and gardens after use.
Why shouldn’t the loo be eco-friendly, too? Give your cat’s litter box a green makeover with Frisco Unscented Non-Clumping Recycled Paper Cat Litter. It’s crafted from 95 percent post-consumer recycled paper. And before you think that a paper litter won’t have the same odor-fighting capabilities as your brand of choice, think again. This kitty litter is designed to combat litter box odors thanks to the inclusion of baking soda in the pellets.
(Pro Tip: Just remember that some kitties can get finicky about their litter box and what’s inside, so be cautious when making a switch. As Rachel Barrack, DVM, CVA, CVCH, owner of Animal Acupuncture in New York City previously told Chewy, slow and steady wins the race when changing a cat’s litter. She suggests mixing your cat’s old litter in with the new brand to help ease them into the switch.)
Don’t forget to give your pet’s teeth a good cleaning, too. You can reduce your use of petroleum-based products by opting for the Petique Eco-Friendly Bamboo Dog & Cat Toothbrush in lieu of plastic models. Made from natural bamboo wood and boar’s hair, this biodegradable toothbrush is designed to help keep your pet’s mouth fresh and clean—sustainably, of course!
In the Yard
Enjoy the earth you’re saving by heading out into the yard with your best fur friend. Of course, don’t forget to slip on your dog’s collar or harness. The EcoBark Maximum Comfort Dog Harness is a great option for eco-friendly pups and their people. The soft and durable straps are made from recycled water bottles and are designed to gently protect your dog’s throat and trachea.
Once properly dressed for some fun in the sun, have a game of fetch with the Planet Dog Orbee Ball Dog Toy. With a right-on-theme planetary design and made of 100-percent recycled rubber, it’ll give your dog’s favorite tennis ball a run for its money.
Oh, and don’t forget to clean up after your pup if they take any potty breaks while playing. Animal waste contains pollutants that, when washed away in storm drains or left to sweep into groundwater, can harm local bodies of water and cause excessive growth of algae and weeds, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). So, in case you need to hear it, always pick up after your dog! But instead of relying on regular, non-biodegradable plastic bags, try making the greener switch to BioBag Pet Waste Bags. Crafted from compostable polymers, plants and vegetable oil, this alternative can be composted along with pet waste at your municipal composting facility.
Thanks for stopping by our green home full of environmentally friendly pet supplies! Now, we’re challenging you to make some of these eco-conscious changes in your own home to help take care of your pet and the planet.