3 Eco Hacks For Dog Owners
Owning a dog is such a joy for many people, but when it comes to a sustainable lifestyle your canine companion may not always be easy to get on board. There are lots of things you can do to lessen your pup’s impact but I’m outlining 3 easy steps to start with below. Make these swaps for a greener pet owning experience.
1. Poo Bags
It may not be the most pleasant task in the world but it is an important one. Picking up after your dog and disposing of their waste properly is vital regardless of whether you’re doing it sustainably or not. Instead of using regular plastic poo bags, swap over to biodegradable ones for a more eco approach. Beco Pets sell unscented degradable poop bags that are large, extra thick and will break down once disposed of. The box they come in and their core are both made from recycled cardboard and they work as well (if not better) than any other bag I’ve tried. Coming in at £4.99 for a pack of 120 they’re very reasonably priced and can easily be bought in pet stores as well as online. www.becopets.com/beco-poop-bags
Just like human shampoo, standard dog shampoo tends to come in big non-recyclable plastic bottle. This is very frustrating when you’re trying to cut back on your waste. Happily, The Funky Soap Shop are one of a few companies out there that have come up with a solution… enter the dog shampoo bar. Much like the options available to humans, dog shampoo bars are effective, low waste and usually lacking in nasty ingredients. The Funky Soap Shop sell a tea tree and neem oil bar (120g) for £5 that promises to ‘help repel fleas and ticks’ and ‘promote a healthy shiny coat.’ Their soap bars are suitable for vegans, 100% natural and are handmade in small batches. www.funkysoapshop.com
When it comes to leads it’s important to buy something that will last but that is also kind to the environment when the time comes to throw it away. Many leads on the market come with sturdy plastic that won’t be going anywhere once you chuck your old lead into the trash. Consider buying a lead made from more sustainable materials, such as one of these beautiful leads from The Dog Edit. Made from 100% organic hemp rope and stainless steel, these are strong, durable and eco-friendly. The leads are made by hand and to order and for every lead sold they donate £1 to their chosen charity, currently Blind Dog Rescue UK. These are available in three lengths and several different colours and come in at around £26. www.thedogedit.com
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