Whether we realize it or not, almost all the choices we make for our four-legged family members can be devastating to the environment. Just like we generate a copious amount of waste, our pets also have a significant ecological “paw print” of their own. With approximately one billion pet dogs and cats around the world eating billions of pounds of GMO meat and grains every year and producing half a billion pounds of garbage every day, they certainly have a massive effect on the health and sustainability of our environment.
But being a pet owner doesn’t have to drastically impact our household carbon footprint if we make responsible decisions. While the most significant challenge that Eco-friendly pet owners face is the balance between the needs of our animals and the needs of the environment, pampering our cuddle buddies and keeping them healthy and happy should always come first. After all, they’re cherished and loyal members of our family who flood our hearts and lives with sunshine and laughter and help us cope with stress and loneliness. If you’re trying to stick to a sustainable lifestyle, you don’t have to stop at your own footprint – keep your pet’s ecological footprint in mind.
So, how can we make our pets more planet-friendly? Let’s check out some whip-smart and helpful tips for maintaining an Eco-friendly household with your furry or feathered darlings!