Eco-Friendly Dog Supplies.
With more and more people becoming more aware of the effect of plastic and waste on the environment, Holidays4Dogs looks into Eco- friendly dog supplies and products. Read on for our plastic and waste free tips when it comes to buying canine products.
There are 12.9 million pet dogs in the UK with well over half the population keeping one, or more, dogs as pets. Dogs bring people a lot of pleasure and happiness. However, this can involve a great many products purchased for their care. Pet food, treats, toys, bedding, pooper scoopers – to name but a few. But there are alternative eco-friendly dog supplies that can help towards protecting the planet.
Rather than leather or, nylon leads, you can now purchase hemp collars and leads for dogs. These products are really strong, washable and look really smart too. Hemp doesn’t need much water to grow and it is resistant to pests, reducing the need for pesticides.
There are a lot of companies selling these on-line and they are a really attractive and natural alternative to nylon. They are also more eco-friendly than leather.
While many people now have a selection of bamboo plates and dishes in their kitchens, these products are also great for using as dog bowls too. If you want ones specifically made for dogs, there are plenty of companies to choose from.
Biodegradable poop bags.
This is a difficult one as, unfortunately, even biodegradable poop bags will end up in land-fill sites. They need light (and oxygen) in order to break down successfully. So, they can still end up sticking around as long as ordinary plastic bags. That said, it is still better to purchase biodegradable bags. Degradable bags are made from plant starch, rather than petroleum, which most certainly contributes to climate change.
These items can be really expensive and more often than not, arrive wrapped in a lot of plastic packaging. They may even contain hidden plastics. Rather than purchase a dog bed, why not make one? Your dog won’t mind if he doesn’t have a ‘designer’ bed as long as he’s comfortable. Duvets and pillows can always be re-purposed into cozy dog beds. You can make simple slip covers from old sheets, pillow cases, or old curtains.
Ditch the plastic toys.
Many dogs have just as many toys as children do these days. From soft toys to pet pooch puzzles; if you walk into any high street pet store, there is a huge range of dog toys on sale; many of them made of plastic. Instead, look out for toys made of hemp, bamboo and sustainable wood products. (see our other Holidays4Dogs article on safe wood chews for dogs.)
Watch out for those ‘eco’ claims.
You may think that choosing a fleece coat for your dog, made from recycled plastic bottles makes perfect eco-sense. However, scientists have found that minute particles of plastic are turning up in worrying quantities in the world’s oceans and on the sea bed. The origin of this plastic is coming from recycled goods.
It’s becoming increasingly important for governments to crack down on plastic use within society, as well as for companies to reduce the amount they are using in their products. However, we can all do our bit by reducing our own plastic waste, not just for our benefit, but for the sake of all living things on the planet.