When Fur Goes Green
I’ve always been an environmentally friendly kind of girl: organic foods, fuel efficient cars, green cleaning products. So I was shocked when I realized not long ago that I’ve been guilty of a serious environmental no no: polluting via my pets.
was no eureka moment, more like a growing sq free run 2 ueamish feeling. Every day, I’d walk my dogs on the streets of Manhattan. They’d poop, I’d pick it up with a plastic bag, then throw it into a garbage can overflowing with other people’s pet bags. Each of my two dogs required a few bags per walk, which means I was throwing away close to 2,000 plastic bags a year. There are about 75 million dogs in America that’s a lot of bags. Combine that with litter pan liners, plastic toys, nonbiodegradabl free run 2 e cat litter (created through extremely un green strip mining), and a pet food industry with a monumental carbon footprint because of free run 2 factory farming adds up fast. Fortunately, becoming a green pet owner is easy.
with waste naturally When it comes to your dog’s leavings, flushing is best: It keeps bags and their contents out of overstuffed landfills, while preventing the bacterial contamination of soil and water that can result from outdoor disposal.
cat owners, try environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional cat litter, which requires blasting through the earth’s surface to mine (and then builds up in landfills when Fluffy’s done w free run 2 ith it). You can flush these but that’s bad for sea life because cats can carry toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease. Clean without toxins Stick with enzyme based products such as Nature’s Miracle Stain Odor Remover ($6 for 16 ounces; in most pet stores). These actually digest messes without chemicals.
the birds Feline predators can cause serious ecosystem damage it’s estimated that domestic cats kill hundreds of millions of birds each year.
and neuter Overpopulation takes a serious toll on the environment: Too many puppies and kittens never find homes and have to hunt for themselves, harming wildlife. They also produce countless tons of uncontrolled waste each year. Spaying and neutering and donating to organizations that offer low cost procedures reduce the number of unwanted animals in the world and increase the chances that strays will find good homes. Her work appears in the New York Times Magazine and others.
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