PETS

Our pets are a part of our family, and if we care about climate change issues, we should care for them in an eco-conscious way. That means non-toxic grooming products, biodegradable waste bags and non-clay cat litter, accessories made from recycled materials, and products made from sustainable materials.

There are a number of pet foods and treats on the market today that focus on health and sustainability. Look for food that is human-grade and USDA certified organic. Companies like Newman’s Own, Freshpet, Only Natural Pet, and Castor & Pollux Organix offer products that provide nutrition to your pet while caring for the planet. It is always important to check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet.

Many birds, such as parakeets, are very sociable and require a lot of stimulation. To provide them with fun while being eco-conscious, choose a toy that is environmentally friendly, made from sustainable materials, and will provide entertainment for your bird.

(We don’t mean to ignore fish, hamsters, reptiles, and miniature horses. We promise to add more as we go along.)

HANDMADE BAMBOO PET BED

IMAGE COURTESY OF: FHASSO

Cat owners often observe that their kitties love nothing more than a simple cardboard box in which to hide. According to experts, seeking out confined spaces is instinctual, as these areas give cats a place of safety and security in which to hide from predators, and also a place to stalk prey. It also provides a safe and comfortable place to sleep.

Fhasso has created a stylish and sustainable alternative to the cardboard box your cat loves. This sturdy, modern pet bed is made of environmentally friendly and sustainable organic bamboo with a soft, washable velvet cushion tucked in. Both cats and small dogs can find a cozy sanctuary inside. Each bed is handcrafted in a rural Vietnam village, contributing to fair-trade small business practices that help support the craftsman’s community.

DID YOU KNOW

Cats sleep an average of 15 to 20 hours a day.

P.L.A.Y DOG BEDS

IMAGE COURTESY OF: P.L.A.Y.

Made with pets, people, and the planet in mind, these designer dog beds have removable covers and cushions that are machine washable, durable, and eco-friendly.  Each bed is crafted for maximum comfort and ergonomic support, feature stylish and easy to care for covers, and are made from sustainable materials to protect Mother Earth. They use the Planet Fill™ stuffing in their products, which is made of certified-safe, 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. To date, P.L.A.Y. has saved over a million bottles from going into the landfill.

In addition to their line of beds, P.L.A.Y. offers customers the option to Build-a-Bed—filling their Change-a-Covers with things they no longer use—old blankets, clothes, or towels—in a way to recycle and reuse these items in a soft pet bed.

DID YOU KNOW

Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression, have lower blood pressure in stressful situations, and have lower cholesterol levels than those without pets. With the rising anxiety about climate change, pets can play a part in keeping us calm and hopeful.

LUPINE PET ECO DOG COLLARS

IMAGE COURTESY OF: LUPINE

Nestled in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, Lupine Pet has been manufacturing their dog and cat products since 1990. Their Eco Collection of colorful dog collars are made by hand from recycled plastic bottles and come in six adjustable size ranges. Lupine offers an “Even if Chewed” Lifetime Guarantee for all their products.

DID YOU KNOW

Because of rising temperatures, disease-carrying fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are extending their season, and therefore pet owners may need to rethink their schedule of preventative care.

Yesterday’s News® Recycled Paper Litter

IMAGE COURTESY OF: PURINA

Made with recycled paper, Yesterday’s News clumping and non-clumping litters take items that have the potential to end up in the waste stream and turn them into cat litter which is easy on paws and 99.9% dust free.

Yesterday’s News is designed for low tracking with no small particles and contains no harmful chemicals. In short: It’s eco-friendly litter that’s good for your cat, good for the home and good for the environment.

DID YOU KNOW

Ancient Egyptians may have first domesticated cats as early as 4,000 years ago. They worshipped a cat goddess and even mummified their beloved pets for their journey to the next world—accompanied by mummified mice.