Pet Supplies for the Environmentally Conscious
If you're making "green" changes in and around the house, you may want to extend Earth-friendly living to your pet as well. Why shouldn't going green go to the dogs ... or cats, for that matter?
Pet waste is a problem. If not properly disposed, it can harbor parasites and be a health issue. Also, pet waste is simply unsightly. Innovative products help put an end to potty patrol. For -example, toilet and septic -systems for dogs and cats eliminate the need to really handle waste. The Cat Genie uses washable litter beads that drain liquid and a self-flushing and cleaning -mechanism to put an end to -traditional litter boxes. Similar to a septic system for a house, the Doggie Dooley Toilet is a unit that is installed in the yard. Place pet waste inside, and -natural enzymes and bacteria break down the waste and leach it into the soil naturally.
Look for pet beds that are made from recyclable materials. Many get their fluffy feel from recycled plastic that is turned into pillow stuffing. Or better yet, make your own pet beds from clothing or -blankets you normally would have disposed of. In fact, your pet may enjoy having your scent on these items and the idea of -familiar surroundings.
Many pet foods are made from a lot of fillers and scrap materials. These include reconstituted animal by-products, -otherwise known as low-grade wastes from the beef and poultry industries. Instead, choose organic and natural pet foods that rely on meats from animals raised -humanely. These foods are not treated with artificial -preservatives.
Choose pet products made from -sustainable materials. For -example, you can purchase -collars and leashes made from hemp or organic cotton. The same can be said for chew toys and scratching posts. Avoid plastic products, or ones that are not made from recyclable materials.
The trend in household cleaning is to move away from chemical-laden cleaning products. The same can be said for keeping your pet fresh and cleaning up the house after him or her. Read labels for environmentally safe shampoos, detanglers and pet cleaning products.
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