Sustainability is a huge concern for many individuals around the country, and dog owners in particular have a number of lifestyle changes they can practice that will improve dog wellness and reduce their carbon footprints. If you've been concerned about your canine's impact on the environment, there are many ways that you can help improve your environment and take tons of needless trash out of the waste stream, according to PetSide.com. With New Year's on the horizon, use the following tips to fulfill your resolution of becoming a sustainable dog owner.
1. Use biodegradable waste bags. The doggy waste problem in public places has become a huge problem, and municipalities are doing more than ever to encourage pet parents to do their part to reduce a potential health hazard. A solid investment that can help to remove tons of potential waste each year is to use a biodegradable waste bag. While many owners simply use a plastic bag to pick up their pooch's business, this will stay in a landfill for years. A biodegradable bag will help you do your part to clean up your community, while limiting your environmental impact.
2. Buy food in bulk. You can save money and reduce the amount of packaging that ends up in a local landfill by buying your canine's food in bulk. If you're worried about the freshness of your companion's food, consider putting it inside of a resealable plastic bin. When you're done with your dog's bag of food, don't throw it in the trash can, put it in the recycling bin! Since most communities now embrace single-stream recycling, you can probably include this bag with your regular recyclables to remove unneeded trash from your local landfills.
3. Durable toys. You probably don't think twice when you bring home a new toy for your pooch and he rips it to shreds in a few days, but this is inevitably going to end up in the trash can as well! When you buy toys, consider investing in uncooked bones or rawhide chews that can last a lot longer.
These eco-friendly tips can help to foster animal wellness in your home and give you peace of mind that your furry friend is making a minimal impact on the environment.