Green Thought Thursday: Reduce Your Carbon Pawprint

By Posted in - Sustainability on December 9th, 2010

Say hello to Clairemont’s newest Pee-R account executive, Charley!

Today’s Green Thought Thursday is inspired by the newest addition to the Clairemont team – Charley. Last month, Dana and I ventured over to the SPCA of Wake County, where we fell in love. Charley joins us as Clairemont’s first Pee-R account executive (thanks, Mike Allen!), where he happily plays under the supervision of Billy, CMO (Chief Moral Officer) and fellow SPCA adoptee. So in ode to Billy and Charley (and the SPCA), I would like to share with you a few basic tips on how to go green when it comes to your pets!

When it comes to the icky stuff –

– Doggie lovers, use biodegradable bags to clean up after your dogs.

– Cat owners, never buy clay litter! There are a couple of reasons, says blogger Ecofriend. For starters, clay is strip-mined. Secondly, the sediment it leaves behind is a carcinogen. This is bad for your kitty’s lungs and can be even worse if ingested!

– Wanna get serious? Consider composting your pet’s waste!

Use vinegar! A little dribble here and there? The ASPCA recommends using vinegar as a bleach alternative when cleaning up little accidents.

– When it’s time to give ‘ol Grover a bath, make sure you use environmentally friendly shampoos and other grooming products.

When it comes to food –

Go natural and go organic. Just like it’s better for us to skip out on foods processed with chemicals and pesticides, the same goes for our pets, too!

– It may seem like a no-brainer, but buy in bulk! It not only saves tons of waste from going into the landfill, but it also saves you money!

– Put on your apron and bake your own dog biscuits (or other pet treats)!

When it comes to toys –

Avoid toys with harmful chemicals in them, like PVC!

Buy pet toys (and products) that are made from recycled materials.

When it comes to searching for that special someone –

– Don’t just go green….Save some green and adopt!

For more ways to go green with your pets, check out the Dancing Dog Blog. It shares lots of important facts about pet medications and other harmful chemicals in your home. Now go green, and reduce that carbon pawprint!



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