Wildebeest's Guide to Being an Earth-Friendly Pet Parent
In honor of Earth Day, we’ve been giving a lot of consideration about what we can do as pet owners to make more eco-friendly choices. Beests add a lot of good to the world, but between waste and food and pet gear, the greenhouse gases emitted just by providing for our furry friends can be significant.
The good news is, we’ve been digging into the research and we’ve found lots of ways we can lessen the environmental strain of having pets. By making small choices every day, we can make a big impact on the world we live in. Here are the most useful tips we’ve found for being an eco-friendly pet parent:
Scoop That Poop
It’s about more than just being considerate of your neighbors! Dog poop can be toxic to other animals, water supplies, and even humans. Because of the legions of bacteria it contains, the EPA actually classifies dog poop in the same pollutant category as oil spills. And if it’s left outside during a rain shower, it can infect the water supply with diseases icky for humans and dogs; E. Coli, Roundworms, and Salmonella, just to name a few. Because of its hefty environmental impact, keeping outdoor spaces poop-free is one of the best ways to be an eco-friendly pet parent. Don’t forget your poopbag dispenser next time you head out for a walk!
DIY Doggie Treats
The environmental impact of producing, packing, and shipping storebought treats can add up — a great way to cut down on this is by making your own dog treats out of tasty ingredients you already have around the house. This cuts down on packaging waste and ensures your beest is only eating healthy, natural treats, too.
Consider Their Chow
While some dogs have dietary restrictions that prevent them from eating certain proteins, if your dog doesn’t have protein allergies, swapping their beef consumption for chicken or pork can have a significant impact on carbon emissions. Beef production emits almost five times’ the greenhouse gases of chicken or pork, so that’s a simple switch that adds up fast!
Quality Over Quantity
When it comes to buying gear for beest, there are plenty of options on the market to choose from. However, making a choice with longevity in mind can have a big impact on the environment. Textile manufacturing is one of the world’s biggest sources of pollution, so fast fashion — for humans and dogs — has a big impact. When deciding what to buy, consider brands that will last a lifetime instead of a season, and inquire about their repair and warranty policies to know you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
Go Green With Grooming
When deciding what cleaning products to use on your beest, consider using shampoos, conditioners, and sprays that are biodegradable and free of harsh chemicals. Not only will this help keep your beest’s skin and coat healthier, but it will also keep our waterways clean and clear.
These choices may seem small, but if every pet owner keeps them in mind as they go about their routine, they can add up to a large positive change! As a company, we do what we’re able to decrease our environmental impact, such as choosing local manufacturing, repairing in lieu of replacing, and donating used-but-usable gear so it can be enjoyed ‘til the end of its life cycle. Learn more about our Wild4Life Guarantee here, and let us know your favorite earth-friendly tip! Happy Earth Day!