How to be an eco-friendly dog owner

by Dale Parker on February 24, 2020

Simple steps to turn you and your dog into a more eco-friendly pair!

We are all becoming more aware of our carbon footprints, every single day. The amount we all collectively waste on a daily basis is shocking, and although we try to recycle when possible, that just isn’t enough to help the environment. ♻️♻️♻️

With that in mind, we should be thinking about our pets, too. What about their carbon footprints? or pawprints 🐾

 

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In todays blog post me and Buddy will be going through some tips on how you can become an eco friendly pet owner.

Tip number 1️⃣ - Walk - don’t take the car 🚘

Instead of driving to your favourite beach or the local park to walk your dog - just, erm, walk there as well! Not only is this a great form of exercise for both you and your pet, but the environment will be ever so thankful, too. We all know a car’s emissions can seriously pollute the air, and short car journeys are the worst culprits. Make the most of the (occasional) sunny weather and ditch your car completely - and watch the steps on your FitBit shoot on up.

Tip number 2️⃣ - Towels are a dog’s best friend 👍

Set the scene: You get in from a walk with your dog and they are covered in mud, dirt or some other questionable substance. A standard situation, right⁉️ Instead of reaching for the likes of kitchen roll, simply buy a cheap towel or use an old one already in your home.It’s going to save you money, and it’s going to mean less paper towels being thrown into the bin and into landfill. Just remember to keep the towel stored away in a safe place so others don’t mistake it for their own…

Tip number 3️⃣ - Eco-friendly toys are a thing 🌍

You would be forgiven for thinking the toys your dog chews on are fine for the environment. It’s so easy to forget the often harmful materials used in making such products. Instead, purchase eco-friendly toys that are made from the likes of plant fibre or recycled materials like suede and cotton. Green and Wilds has a great selection of such toys, and just because they aren’t the most colourful things ever, that doesn’t mean they aren’t as equally fun for your pet.

Tip number 4️⃣ - Eco-friendly shampoo & soap is also a thing.

You’re probably aware that some of our own shampoos and conditioners contain harmful nasty stuff such as sulphates If you’re conscious of what you’re putting on your own skin, think about your dog’s as well.

There are great quality products out there that are good for your pet’s skin and, although they're a little pricier sometimes, your money is going ruduce your carbon footprint significantly Me and Buddy make our own dog soap from organic and natural ingredients.

These work fantastically well when it comes to bath time They're easy to use and the best thing about these is there is no plastic waste Drop us a message on the buddy bubbles instagram for a free sample of our doggy soap @buddybubbles_ New unicorn shapes available soon!!!!! 🦄🦄🦄

You're one step closer to becoming the ultimate eco friendly dog owner, but how can your dogs poo help the planet?

Tip number 5️⃣ - biodegradable poop bags and composting 💩

It’s probably the worst part about having a pet!!! why can’t they just train themselves? But when they’ve got to go… Biodegradable bags are the answer to the annoyance of your dog needing its toilet in the middle of a walk or better yet, your garden. You can get them from your local pet store and they’re as cheap as your usual plastic bags that go straight in the bin. But biodegradable bags are far better for the planet There are also many people who believe dog waste should be composted! Pethelpfuls Dr Mark believes we also should be using dog poo in this way LINK - https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Compostin... Would you use your dogs poo for composting?

Pop your thoughts below! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Tip number 6️⃣ - Don’t chuck old toys in the bin. It sounds silly but just because your dog doesn’t necessarily play with a certain toy anymore or wear a certain collar, you don’t have to throw it away.

What was your favourite tip?

Don't forget to watch our youtube video which goes into more detail on the points above!

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