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DIY Sustainable Dog Bedding

There are lots of great ways to create a more sustainable living environment for your pet, including the bedding they sleep and rest upon every day.

dog bed DIYAvoid purchasing a new pet bed in the first place — they’re usually pricey anyhow, and tend to be made with cheap, low-grade fabric and fillers that easily fall apart over a short amount of time.

Instead make your own pet bedding by giving new life to some household materials you probably already have on hand. Making a re-purposed pet bed can be done in little time, and only requires minimal sewing skills.

To create the outer case of the bed simply find  two old bath towels, lay one over the other, and after aligning them, sew the towels together, leaving about a six-inch hole for stuffing.

Turn the case inside out so that the stitching is on the inside, and stuff with whatever soft materials you have available, such as old pillows, socks, or blankets. Presto, you now have a fabulous re-purposed pet bed!

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Healthier Pet Food = Healthier Fido

healthy dogWhen it comes to feeding our families we do our best to choose healthy, all natural ingredients, so why not choose the same when it comes to feeding our pets? Make the switch by swapping out the low-grade pet food (junk food) for pet food that consists of natural and organic ingredients. Most conventional pet foods come from contents that are otherwise unfit for human consumption. Although these products might sustain your pooch, they also tend to include pesticides, hormones, and artificial preservatives and ingredients-all of which do nothing to promote and healthy lifestyle. Feeding your pet all natural foods that contain nutrients and vitamins, and have been preserved with natural substances help deter illness and disease, while also increasing Fido’s longevity.  Also, look for an all natural and organic pet food that has been minimally processed, created within humane conditions, and produced with sustainability in mind. Recommended: Blue Buffalo.

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Chew On This: Sustainable Pet Toys


kongWe love and treat our pets like family, so why not choose a greener lifestyle for them as well? Instead of picking up toys you know your pet will shred within a few days, opt for products made  from stronger, more durable materials such as hemp. When picking out fun toys play toys for  your pooch, choose toys made from nontoxic substances, such as Zogoflex, a tough rubber-like material designed to be recycled. We also love KONG Extreme Dog Toy products, especially ones that can be filled with peanut butter or other treats to help keep dogs happily occupied on their own.

The Kong chew toy, made from non-toxic rubber, is one of the most popular dog toys on the market.

You can also provide your pet with a greener lifestyle in regard to its bedding. Avoid purchasing a new pet bed in the first place-they’re usually pricey anyhow, and tend to be made with cheap, low grade fabric and fillers that easily fall apart over a short amount of time. Instead make your own pet bedding by giving new life to some household materials you probably already have on hand. Making a re-purposed pet bed can be done in little time, and only requires minimal sewing skills. To create the outer case of the bed simply find  two old bath towels, lay one over the other, and after aligning them sew the towels together, leaving about a six inch hole for stuffing. Turn the case inside out so that the stitching is on the inside, and stuff with whatever soft materials you have available, such as old pillows, socks, or blankets. Presto, you now have a fabulous re-purposed pet bed!

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The Vanishing Pet: Reducing Your Furry Friend’s Carbon Paw Print

dogWhen out for a walk, keep your pet on a leash to help protect the surrounding natural environment. This can also prevent possible harm to smaller animals who might be nearby in their own natural habitat. Additionally, using biodegradable bags to clean up your pet’s waste will help prevent it from becoming immortalized six feet under in the local landfill.

If you want to take it one step further however, try composting your dog or cat’s waste. Not every one has a yard that can accommodate this process, but doing so can help protect our waterways from being contaminated by run off containing pet waste.

To better green your feline’s zone, begin by nixing the clay-based kitty litter, which takes several decades to decompose. Produced by strip-mining, clay-based kitty litter is created through a process that causes irreversible damage to the environment. Reduce your cat’s carbon paw print by switching to biodegradable brand of litter, or consider making your own. This can be done by mixing a ¼ cup of baking soda into a litter box filled with shredded newspaper or chicken scratch (a combination of ground corn and seeds). Adding cedar chips will provide a fresh scent, but is completely optional. Scoop and dispose the litter as you normally would, or compost it to create a great fertilizer for trees and shrubs.

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