With over 74 million dogs in the US, you know your pups are leaving their pawprint on the environment during the holidays, just like the two-leggers can.
But by reducing waste, purchasing environmentally responsible pup products, utilizing environmentally safe household products and by taking other sustainable measures, you and your pup can have a healthier, happier holiday and environment at the same time!
Need some tips? Try these:
- Make your pup a fabulous homemade Christmas stocking, from recycled items around your home.
- Wrap your 'best friend's' gifts with reused and reusable materials, like paper sacks, and cut outs from old Christmas cards. Save what's left over and use again next year!
- Purchase your tree from a tree farm and help save forests and unnecessary cutting, and recycle it after the holidays. Or consider getting a live tree and then plant it in your yard after use.
- Make your own Christmas ornaments from recycled materials, string some popcorn and berries, add a solar powered wreath to your front door, use solar holiday lights for your outdoor decorating and purchase low energy LED lights to conserve.
- Send your pup pals an e-card, rather than purchasing cards. Or make your own with items and photos of your pup.
- Shop online and conserve energy.
- Donate to your local shelter or rescue group and give back this holiday season.
- Keep your dog from unnecessarily killing wildlife while enjoying the outdoors.
- Purchase gifts for your pup made with organic or recycled materials.
- Feed and give your pup foods and treats that have organic or all natural ingredients for a longer, healthier life.
- When getting ready for the holidays, use cleaning and other household products that are good for the environment and safe for you and your dog.
- Buy gifts made closer to home, and help lower the energy costs of shipping goods.
- Use environmentally friendly deicers on your drive and sidewalks - good for your pets and the environment.
- Buy sustainable and durable products that don't have to be replaced so often.
- Spend quality time with your pup teaching them tricks, like turning off the light when they leave the room, and putting items in the recycle bin.
- Install a Doggie Dooley and recycle that pet waste, and when on the road use biodegradable poo bags when cleaning up the doo.
- Buy products for your pup made out of all natural materials, like hemp dog collars and organic cotton clothing.
- Spend some time making some of your pups toys and goods - take an afternoon and turn those old socks or towels into a great tugging toy, or old blankets into bedding, or leftover material for a great dog bed!
- Cook for your pup, for a healthier dog and a healthier environment.