Our furry friends have been our faithful companions for centuries, unconditionally offering us their love and loyalty. However, as much as we adore them, we can’t ignore the massive carbon footprint they leave on the planet. According to estimates, pets generate 310 kg to 2,500 kg of CO2 annually, depending on their size and diet. But don’t worry; reducing your pet’s carbon pawprint doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some simple tips to slash your pet’s CO2 emissions while keeping them happy and healthy.
Shop sustainable pet essentials –A lot of what we buy to care for our pets can harm the planet. Most cat litter is made from bentonite clay, extracted through strip mining, which is very harmful to the environment. Look for sustainable products when it comes to skin and hair care.
Slow down on kibble: We love to spoil our pets, but we must be mindful of their calorie intake. By overfeeding them, we’re not only putting their health at risk but also contributing to their carbon footprint. To avoid this, speak to your vet to determine the number of calories your pet needs based on their size and physical activity level. This will not only help to reduce their carbon pawprint but also keep them healthy and active.
Skip the beef: Pets have a massive carbon pawprint because of their large meat consumption, especially beef, whose carbon footprint is nearly four times that of chicken. So, removing or reducing beef from your pet’s diet is an excellent way to reduce their carbon footprint. Opting for fish, chicken, or insect-based food is an excellent alternative.
Prepare food yourself -Preparing fresh food from home is an excellent way to reduce carbon emissions associated with pet food. A dog’s diet, for example, should be composed of 40% protein, 50% vegetables, and 10% starch. With some advice from your vet, you can mix kibble with fresh ingredients to make your pet’s diet more varied and balanced.
Ditch fancy pet food -The most significant environmental impact of the pet food industry stems from how proteins are sourced. High-end pet food that uses human-grade meat requires more animals to be raised, which generates more greenhouse gases. But this type of food won’t necessarily make your pet happier or give it the nourishment it needs. Instead, choose dog or cat food that contains meat scraps as long as the balance of nutrients is correct. It also reduces food waste by using animal parts that humans don’t consume.
Biodegradable bags – Pet waste can be harmful to the environment, especially cat poop, which can contain a parasite that is dangerous to humans and animals. Don’t flush animal waste down the toilet; instead, use biodegradable bags to dispose of it.
Donate, reuse, or buy second-hand accessories – Buying second-hand toys, bowls, or bedding for your pets is an excellent way to reduce their carbon footprint. Donate or recycle items instead of throwing them away if they are still in good condition.
Limit pet ownership -Reducing the number of pets in your household or opting for smaller breeds is another positive move to significantly reducing your pets carbon pawprint. We’re not suggesting that you get rid of your beloved pets, but we encourage you to consider the impact of your pet ownership and make informed choices when adding a new pet to your household.
By making conscious choices about their food, accessories, and waste, we can significantly reduce their impact on the planet while keeping them healthy and happy.