I’m a lucky dog. My owners, though not quite treehuggers, are pretty green and that carries over into my area of influence. That being said, I thought I’d take this opportunity to revisit some eco-dog basics for any green newbee pet owners out there. Getting green is imperative for both man and beast — here are a few of my top tips for the greener dog.
- A high point of any canine’s day is doing one’s ‘business’. Disposal and distribution of one’s doggie-do is an important green issue. Use biodegradable poop bags whenever possible and flush Fido’s waste down the toilet much as you do would own. If you don’t have a green disposal container use newspaper or some other biodegradable material to scoop-up the ‘stuff’. Typical plastic sandwich bags are an obvious no-no and don’t spread the untreated poo in your vegetable garden – bacteria is dangerous! By all means clean up after yourself. A fragrant pile of poo is an embarrassing testament to both your disregard for yourself and the environment.
- Eat organic. The recent problem with deadly dog food imported from China should alert everyone to the dangers of buying some of the big-box dog food. Respect your pooch and spend a little extra on his chow. Or whip-up dishes for you dog from locally grown stuff. It may save you a pile of vet bills later. (Update: links removed)
- Get a hypo-allergenic pet bed. Chemicals are everywhere and dogs can get allergies and skin rashes quicker than my buddy Jackson chases a squirrel.
- Use the least toxic flea and tick products. Hanging a toxic flea collar around my neck is like a human spritzing themselves with Raid five or six times a day…more than the bugs may suffer the consequences.
- Do a ‘cradle to cradle’ evaluation of each pet product you buy (this goes for cats, too) and don’t buy some plastic tiara for Fluffy today, just to throw it in the trash tomorrow.
Drop me a comment if you have any good green dog ideas of your own….
UPDATE August 28, (8:30pm, ET ) THIS GIVEAWAY HAS DRAWN TO A CLOSE.
It’s Official — 3 WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED BY EMAIL: Beth Shepherd, Michelle Mulrain, and Ali Gutierrez – Congratulations!
This week’s Great Green Giveaway is sponsored by hip upcycler, terracycle.net. They keep waste from winding up in landfills, and make useful stuff out of it instead. 3 lucky people will each receive an eye-catching tote bag fashioned from recycled Capri Sun drink pouches.
You will love this bag — it’s a traffic stopper. Wherever I go, people stop me in the street to ogle my kitschy tote.
To Enter: visit terracycle.net and review their amazing line of upcycled goods. Return to this post and leave a comment telling us what stuff you personally, either like or dislike to recycle. Then enter the following address in your address book: m at AlternativeConsumer.com.
3 prizewinners are selected at random. Each winner will be notified by email, around midnight, (EST), Wednesday, August 27, 2008.
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I really do like almost all the products I get samples of, but occasionally I get one that exceeds my expectations. This bag is one of them.
I’m not sure what I expected exactly, but from the image, I thought I would get a stiff, green shoulder/side bag that’s greatest quality would be that it is made from recycled plastic bottles (rPET).
As is often the case, a lot happens (at least in my world, no doubt for the rest of the world too) between the initial communications about a review and a sample being sent out and the actual receiving of the sample. That and the fact that my memory is a little shifty sometimes creates a really fun package opening celebration. My family will ask, “Mom, what is it?” And I honestly, usually don’t know, although if I look carefully at most labels, I can figure it out, but I restrain myself, because I love the mystery of not knowing as I marvel at some of the great and not-so-great green packaging people are coming up with these days. (more…)