Have you ever thought about how much waste your cute little puppy or kitty produces? No matter where you are on your zero-waste journey, who wouldn’t like some useful tips on reducing or eliminating the waste of your four-legged friend?
While some of the following tips might be animal-specific, there is one that is not, and probably comes to mind first. Every cute pet needs to be fed, right? Depending on how big or exotic your friend is and of course based on your location too, it might be very easy or very hard. The first option is to make your own pet food, which includes looking for the right source of ingredients, but if you are already eating zero-waste yourself, it should not be that hard, should it?
Another option is your favorite zero-waste shops, believe it or not, a lot of them carry a few options for dog and cat food. As the zero-waste trend grows, you might actually find zero-waste options right there at your local pet store, as well. If none of those options work, you can look into eco-friendly packaging or buying a large package instead of a couple of small ones to reduce your impact on the environment.
Make your own toys!
Simple, huh? Do you have an old t-shirt? Used paper bag? A piece of rope? Depending on the materials you have, there are thousands of DIY tutorials online on how to make your own pet toys. You can also buy a used plushie in a thrift store or look for hand-me-down pet toys on the internet. Just don’t forget to clean them properly before giving them to your pet and make sure they are safe.
What about poop?
Composting might seem like a good option, but be careful, cat poop should not be disposed of in your garden compost, because it carries health risks. Dog poop is more compost friendly, but the compost should not be later used to fertilize any plants that you are going to eat.
If you do not own a composting bin, your options are very limited. For dogs you can make use of compostable poop bags. For indoor cats, look into eco-friendly options for litter and disposing of it (do not flush it down the toilet).
How about collars and leashes?
If you are not handy enough to make one of your own from recycling other materials you may already have, always look into eco-friendly materials and good quality equipment that will last you a lifetime. High-quality bamboo or a leather collar will last you forever. If you use it, it’s not waste, is it?
We all love our pets and we want what’s best for them, but also what’s best for the planet, right? Don’t forget that going zero waste is a journey and you don’t have to go zero to a one hundred (or in this case one hundred to a zero) in a day. Start with what feels the most comfortable and build up to the harder ones.