Many of us have already started on a personal quest for a zero-waste life… now it's time to extend that commitment to sustainability to every member of the family, including our beloved pets.
Just like humans, our pets have an environmental impact too. From packaging waste to energy consumption, pet care can generate a substantial amount of waste. However, there are ways to minimize this impact and embark on a journey towards zero waste pet care.
1. Sustainable Pet Food
Start your zero-waste pet care journey by considering what you feed your pet. Opt for high-quality pet food brands that use sustainable packaging, such as recyclable or biodegradable materials. Even better, you can prepare your pet's food at home using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Cooking pet food yourself is time consuming, but it is an option for reducing packaging waste but also allowing you to control the quality of your pet's nutrition.
2. Eco-Friendly Pet Toys
Instead of buying cheap plastic toys that often end up in landfills, choose eco-friendly alternatives. Look for toys made from natural materials like organic cotton, hemp, or sustainably harvested wood. These toys are not only better for the environment but also safer for your pet, as they don't contain harmful chemicals.
3. Natural Pet Products
Many pet care products like shampoos, conditioners, and even flea treatments can be made using simple, natural ingredients. This ensures that your pet isn't exposed to harsh chemicals. Look for brands that use natural sudsing agents and moisturising ingredients.
For example, our Skin Salve-ation balm is perfect for dog paws, soft underbellies and snouts, keeping them protected from heat and cracking, looking after them while they heal from rashes and minor cuts and doing it all using shea butter, coconut oil and natural lick-friendly essential oils.
4. Sustainable Pet Accessories
When it comes to collars, leashes, and bedding, consider eco-friendly options. Look for products made from recycled materials or those produced by companies committed to sustainability. You can even upcycle old materials into pet accessories, adding a personal touch to your pet's gear.
5. Minimalistic Grooming
Grooming generates waste through the disposal of fur, hair, and other grooming by-products. Reduce this waste by collecting fur and donating it to organisations who use it to create hairmats to mop up oilspills – yes, it’s a thing. One example is https://matteroftrust.org/donate-hair-fur-and-fiber/ Additionally, choose grooming tools that are built to last, so you don't contribute to the problem of disposable, low-quality grooming items.
6. Waste-Free Poop Cleanup
Perhaps one of the most significant sources of waste in pet care is handling your pet's waste. Instead of using single-use plastic bags, opt for biodegradable poop bags made from materials like cornstarch or compostable paper.
We recommend our mates over at Oh Crap! https://www.ohcrap.com.au/ who make the best compostable poop bags in Australia and who send out 6 and 12 months supplies so you never run out.
7. Adopt, Don't Shop
When expanding your furry family, consider adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organization. This helps reduce the demand for pet breeding operations, which can have negative environmental impacts. By giving a shelter pet a loving home, you're contributing to the welfare of animals and the planet.
We have long loved and supported Tiki Shelter https://tikianimalrescue.com.au/ where we adopted our brand ambassador Ziggy Stardust in 2016
Practicing zero waste pet care not only benefits the environment but also enhances your bond with your furry friend. It's a win-win situation, where your pet enjoys a healthier, more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and you contribute to a greener, cleaner planet. So, take those small steps today to ensure a brighter, more sustainable future for both you and your beloved pet.