Organic Farming 101: Reducing Your Pet’s Carbon Footprint

soil used for organic farming

There are plenty of ways to support the environmentally-friendly movement, from supporting organic farming and other environmentally-centered industries to making personal lifestyle choices that promote organic living. 

If you have a pet, you should also be aware of the fact that the choices that you are making on your pet’s behalf can have an impact on the environment. Fortunately, being aware of this is the first step to a better organic lifestyle for your furry friend. Here are some choices that you can make that support the organic farming industry while reducing your pet’s carbon footprint. 

Don’t overdo it with the toys

Anybody who has a pet wants to make them happy, so it’s not unusual to buy them all kinds of toys. The problem with this is that plenty of pet owners end up buying too many toys that eventually get damaged or don’t get used at all, once their pet has claimed a favorite toy. 

Most commercial pet toys are made of plastics that are hard to recycle. To handle this, you can look into eco-friendly pet toys, which are made from materials that can be recycled or easier to break down when you throw them out. 

Another thing to consider is the quality of the toys over the quantity. Choose a few good toys over buying as many pet toys as possible. 

Be careful with the grooming materials that you are using

It’s important to keep your pet groomed for aesthetic and health reasons. However, many commercial pet shampoos and sprays contain a lot of dyes and chemicals that do more harm than good to the environment when you wash them off your pet. 

Not only that, but some chemical shampoos can be irritating to your pet’s skin. Choose organic pet shampoos to keep your pet and the environment clean. 

Choose organic bedding

When it comes to choosing bedding for your pet, look for bedding options that are made up of materials that are toxic or non-biodegradable. These fibers are often processed and filled with dyes. Not only is this bad for your carbon footprint, but in some cases, the materials can be irritating to your pet’s skin. 

Get your pets fixed

When it comes to being environmentally conscious as a pet owner, one of the best things that you can do is to have your pet spayed or neutered. 

Keep in mind that unfixed cats and dogs reproduce, which results in puppies and kittens that will need considerably more resources to raise and are often abandoned. There are also plenty of health issues associated with cats and dogs that aren’t spayed or neutered. 


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