So many pet toys, food and wellness products are conveniently packaged in plastic or are made from plastic. To help you move away from the run of the mill plastic products, we are here to share some handy tips to help you find a more natural and sustainable alternative to some of your pet owning needs.
Here are some simple things you can do to introduce your pet to the plastic-free revolution too!
Instead, opt for tinned food or consider a raw food diet for your dog to reduce the need for tins or pouches. But do your research and also speak to an animal nutritionist for advice on the best way to do this or your local, independent pet food store. They are also a good place to buy natural dog chews and treats that aren’t wrapped in plastic like they are in many national pet shops.
Plastic pet bowls tend to be the norm for our furry friends to eat from. While they might be light, they are not as long lasting or healthy (for your pet or the planet) as ceramic or stainless steel. You can buy them in most pet shops or check out Freecycle or Facebook Marketplace for some being given away.
Choosing longer lasting, plastic-free toys is a great way to make sure they have a good amount of use and don’t make so much impact when they are done. Avoid those that come wrapped in plastic packaging too!
There are plenty of plastic-free pet friendly toys on the market so we suggest going for those made of plant fibres and other biodegradable materials. That way, when the toy has been chewed and ripped apart beyond recognition, you don’t need to worry about throwing plastic in the bin.
Make a den
Old suitcases from second-hand shops or markets offer a fun retro alternative to a pet bed when lined with soft pillows and blankets. And they can be easier to take apart and wash too.
Lessen the impact of your cat’s poop
Switching to a litter product made from natural-materials is a great way to lessen the impact of your cat’s poop! Cat’s Best Cat litter is a favourite because it is plant based, comes in a paper bag and is clumping (perfect for long lasting litter) it also has similar sized grains as clay and crystal litter making for easier transition for the cat.
Clean Up After Your Dog
It’s a radical idea, but if you want to be a zero-waste dynamo, you could always make your own poo bags out of things like newspaper. This easy, ultimate eco-friendly option is great for any-and-all pet-poo you might encounter, and will save you some money, too.
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Have you got any tips for caring for our four-legged friends in a more sustainable way? Let us know on social media, and help others keep their pets plastic-free.
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