Tips for an Eco-Conscious Pet Owner February 27, 2022 Email Do you own a pet? Reduce the environmental paw print of your pet by following these tips: Make Your Own Toys Cats and dogs can go through toys rapidly, which can become a problem for both your wallet and the planet. Make your own squeaky toy, or use jeans that are past repair to make a variety of toys! Check out how to DIY your own pet toys with common household items and more here. Shop Secondhand Secondhand shopping is an economical and eco-friendly option for pet owners who want to save money and consume less. Look for secondhand items like crates, beds, food and water bowls, or seasonal items like Halloween outfits (that often only get worn once) on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Pick up the Pet Waste, Every Time Pet waste – even if it’s out of sight– should always be picked up promptly, as it can contain pathogens that are harmful to humans and other animals, which can also make their way to our waterways. If you have a backyard, reduce plastic bag usage by using a pooper scooper to pick up pet waste. For instructions on how to properly dispose of your pet waste, visit our Recycling Guide. Invest in Sustainable Products Many local pet stores now sell products that are eco-friendly, such as items made with recycled materials or food made up of organic ingredients. Look for sustainable products when shopping in-person or online, and invest in reusable products and items when possible. Choose Less Toxic Flea & Tick Treatments Many common flea and tick treatments are registered as pesticides and regulated by the EPA; or if administered orally, regulated by the FDA. Many of these pesticides have been linked to negative health issues in people and pets. Keep your pet safe from fleas and ticks and toxic ingredients by doing your research — learn more from this article by the Natural Resources Defense Council.