How to Lower Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

Sparky might be your best friend — but he’s not exactly eco-friendly, as noted in this article by Care2.

The truth is, owning a medium-size dog can potentially be just as bad as owning a gas-guzzling car. Things like non-biodegradable poop scoop bags and pet waste, kitty litter, pet food packaging, medications, and more lead to a high carbon pawprint for your furry friend.

Does this mean you can’t be a pet owner and eco-conscious at the same time? Of course not! There are several ways to lower your pet’s environmental impact:

  • Green your kitty by using biodegradable litter made from sawmill scrap, waste from wheat or corn, recycled paper, or wood fibers.
  • Buy recycled or natural toys, accessories, and pet care products, such as those from Simply Fido or West Paw.
  • Better yet, make your own pet accessories. Check out these DIY projects for a raised dog bowl and cat scratch pad for starters. 
  • Make your own pet food using locally grown ingredients, or buy from an environmentally friendly pet food company, such as Honest Kitchen.
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Do you have any other tips for lowering your pet’s carbon pawprint? Share your ideas with the community in the Earthling Forum.

Editor’s note: Originally published on January 27, 2014, this article was updated in March 2019.

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