Going green with your pet is possible. Whether you’re already composting or you’re new to the green lifestyle, we’re excited to show you our favorite eco-friendly pet products and habits. Why? At Pet Releaf, we’re always changing what healthy means for pets, which means we’re constantly learning new ways we can make our world healthier, too. In Dec 2019, we made the change to use ethically-sourced Wild Alaskan Red Pollock Oil, instead of salmon. It was a big change, but necessary to continue to support our planet and ethically-based companies. After reading this, if you have other “go green” tips and tricks with your pets, let us know on Facebook or Instagram! Now, let’s get to those reusable pee pads and DIY dog toys! We’re not being paid to promote these, we simply love what these companies are doing. 

Reusable Pee Pads

Sounds gross, but hang in there with this. If you recently adopted a new rescue pup and are in the process of house training your dog, consider using reusable pee pads! Reusable pads can be tossed in your washer and dryer for a quick clean-up whether your dog uses it while you’re at work or if your puppy or senior pup has an accident. This way, you can make a one-time purchase instead of constant purchases of disposable pads. Meaning, not only do you save some money, but you’ll also reduce one-time use plastics. We love this 2 Pack Pawtect Pee Pads! 

Biodegradable Poop Bags

Instead of using plastic bags to pick up your pup’s doo-doo at the dog park, try out poop bags that will degrade on their own! Plastic bags can take thousands of years to decompose, which is having an effect on our environment, wild life, and landfills.  When looking for green baggies, check out green alternatives like vegetable-based materials, such as ones derived from corn-starch and other bio-based components. Want to order some right now? Check out Doggy Do Good’s 100% biodegradable and certified compostable bags, which means they are safe for the environment and break down in just 90 days! 

Eco-friendly Grooming Products

As many of us humans strive to only use all-natural shampoos and conditioners for our hair, why not use an all-natural solution for your pup’s fur? Earthbath Natural Pet Care provides non-toxic, paraben-free, phthalate-free, phosphate-free, and cruelty-free grooming products for your fur friends! They’re made with limited ingredients and offer shampoos, conditioners, grooming & specialty wipes, grooming foams, and spritzers for your pup’s next grooming session!

Does your pup get stressed when bath time rolls around? Try administering Pet Releaf’s CBD Hemp Oils about an hour before to make for a less stressful and more bearable bath experience for you and your pup!

DIY Dog Toys

Yup, we’re finally going to put those old Tees to use. If you’re the crafty type and love DIY projects, throw together some materials you can find around the house to make the ultimate pet toy! We recommend searching on Pinterest for endless inspiration or check out these Easy Recycled Braided Dog Toys from Instructables Living made out of old t-shirts! When you take the DIY route, it can save you a ton of money from going to the store nonstop to replace the toys your dog often rips to shreds. Not only can DIY projects be an awesome creative outlet for you, but also, common plastic pet toys are not always great for the environment. Additionally, recent studies have begun to question if plastic and vinyl toys are impacting your dog’s health. 

When you’re thinking about tossing your pup’s old dog bed or toys in the trash, consider donating them over to your local shelter for rescue pups to enjoy! If they’re lightly used and in good condition, it’s a fantastic way to get involved with your local rescue community and for a chance to put a smile on a pup’s face! 

At Pet Releaf, we always recommend searching for more eco-friendly products for you and your pets. One small change can be the step to changing your lifestyle and the planet!

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Written by emilyw@petreleaf.com at petreleaf.com

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