But have you ever considered the environmental paw print of your furry (or non-furry) friend? It turns out how you treat, feed and groom your pets can have a sizeable impact on the environment.
RSPCA Australia estimates there are more than 24 million pets in Australia, so making a few easy swaps to the products you use with your pets can make a big difference.
Change the way you buy toys.
One of the quickest and simplest changes you can make is by buying more durable rubber or rope toys, rather than non-durable latex toys, like the squeaking animal shapes you buy in supermarkets or pet stores.
“Not only can it become expensive continuously buying toys for your pet, but it is also damaging to the environment, with more toys ending up in landfill. Consider your purchases carefully and where possible, opt for toys that are durable and will last a few years in comparison to a few weeks or months,” said Anneke van den Broek, founder and CEO of pet care brand Rufus & Coco.
This same principal applies to other items your pet uses regularly, like travel crates, leashes, collars and bowls.
“Swapping out plastic bowls for stainless steel or ceramic is a small step but can go a long way to reducing plastic in landfill,” said Anneke.
Also, rotating toys or putting them away when your pet is not around will make them last longer and reduce wastage. And if you have toys that are no longer used by your pet, you can help them avoid landfill by donating them to a local animal shelter.
So, toys are a fantastic place to start to reduce your pets environmental paw print.
Swap harsh chemical grooming products for natural ones.
Natural and chemical-free beauty products have become commonplace over the past few years, and for good reason.
We’re more aware than ever about what we put on our skin and hair and well, the natural, eco-friendly beauty trend shouldn’t just be for humans.
These days, natural grooming products for pets are easy to find. Natural, biodegradable ingredients will minimise impact on waterways, and recyclable packaging is a big plus.