There are many Americans looking to make more environmentally friendly choices in their lives, which is a great decision for the Earth and our collective health. But sometimes it can be daunting to figure out just where to start. Surprisingly though, perhaps one of the easiest and most satisfying ways is to consider ‘going green’ when it comes to your pet. The ASPCA estimates that there are more than 150 million dogs and cats in the U.S., so it’s easy to see that pets can have a huge impact on the environment. From feeding to grooming, waste pickup to playtime, pets and pet products tend to create a pretty significant impact on the environment that surrounds them. So today, we’re sharing a few tips to ‘go green’ as a pet parent:

  • Buy eco-friendly pet products that are made with sustainable, environmentally friendly materials. Eco-friendly materials help keep waste out of the landfill by using recycled, biodegradable or otherwise sustainable products. From leashes to poop bag dispensers, there are eco-friendly options for most pet products.
  • Kill fleas and ticks with a natural option. We’ve already discussed why it’s so critical to your pet’s and your own health to kill fleas and ticks quickly. But the chemicals that are left behind from flea and tick solutions can often be harsh, giving off harmful fumes or adding pollutants to the environment. Flea and tick solutions like Natural Care, however, have been made with botanical oils to kill fleas and ticks without all of the negative effects other products can have.
  • Always pick up your pet’s waste. Pet waste is not friendly to the environment at all—it can actually chemically burn plants and other greenery. To make waste pickup even more environmentally friendly, stop using plastic grocery bags, which technically never Instead, opt for a sustainable bag like GREEN PUPS, which is made with a renewable resource called lignin. More do’s and don’ts about pet waste pickup can be found here.
  • Buy in bulk. Buying more at a time means buying less packaging; this results in less garbage in landfills.
  • Have your pet spayed or neutered. Last but certainly not least; with more than 150 million pets in the U.S. alone, the environmental impact is already significant. Spaying or neutering your pet can help prevent overpopulation and increasing the strain on the environment.

While there are so many ways you can ‘go green’ that it may seem daunting, some simple steps in your pet’s life can help start you off on the right paw.

Do you have any tips and tricks on being an eco-friendly pet parent? Share them with us!