This planet is all we have and, unless we start properly looking after it, we can lose everything from ecosystems to all resources, including our most precious – freshwater. However, selective recycling isn’t the only way to reduce pollution and help the planet.
Owning a pet is a great responsibility but also a challenge since most of their accessories and food are made of plastic or packed in it. As one of the most vocal advocates of sustainability in the Middle East, EcoMENA pleads for a more responsible life and wishes to share some easy tips on how to look after the planet while still raising a healthy and happy pet.
Adopt, don’t shop
Although you’ll rarely see stray dogs and cats wandering on the streets of Middle Eastern countries, there is no doubt that many animals are still abandoned by their owners in shelters, because they can no longer provide for them.
If you want to make Earth a better place, start by adopting a pet that needs love and affection instead of spending small fortunes on pure-breed cats and dogs. Remember that whenever you’re adopting from a shelter, you save a life and you gain a new friend or a family member.
Adopting is an economic-friendly solution for all animal lovers, and we assure you there are plenty of adorable kittens and puppies waiting for their forever home.
Opt for sustainable pet food
We know that you want your best for your pet, and this includes paying extra for organic food but why settle for small packages that only add to the global plastic waste? Choose food brands that are committed to making a positive change, and this includes selling their products in environmentally-friendly and biodegradable packages.
If that’s not possible, another way to reduce waste would be to buy larger quantities. Store the extra food in glass recipients or paper bags, in cool and dry places. This will help preserve the flavor and the taste of the food as months pass by. The same goes for resealable bags that won’t alter the food’s properties.
Bake your own treats
Why spend hundreds of dollars on pet treats and contribute to more waste when you can bake or make your own? Various online tutorials will teach you how to make delicious snacks, step-by-step.
What’s even better is that you can bake tasty recipes with ingredients that you already have at home and use for your regular meals. As long as the ingredients are organic and designed for dog or cat consumption, you can create a wide array of treats for any occasion.
If spending extra time in the kitchen isn’t your thing, you can always adapt your dinner recipes to the needs of your pet. Steaks are a delicious meal for all your family members and, as long as you don’t use any seasoning or sauces for your dog’s piece, you will have its snack ready in a minute.
Cats love tuna and any other type of fish, so make sure to grill one for them. The same goes for poultry, turkey, and any other type of meat. Grilled, baked or steamed meat represents a healthy choice for all your family members, including your pawed friends.
Eco-friendly accessories and grooming products
If you want to reduce plastic waste, you should also consider opting for green and eco-friendly grooming products packaged in biodegradable bottles. As for leashes, collars, kennels, and even outfits, why not opt for second-hand products?
Many animal lovers tend to buy all the accessories and products they can find for their pets but don’t end up using more than 20-30% of them. Luckily, there are plenty of online forums and even physical stores where you can shop for unused products at discount prices. Reusing and recycling are two of the main principles for a cleaner world, so why not adopt this lifestyle?
Apart from finding unique accessories and cool new outfits for your pooch, you will also save money and prevent waste
Invest in pet-proof products
Cats, dogs, and ferrets are all wonderful creatures but they can end up tearing your house apart and breaking your most valuable belongings. If you’re serious about adopting a new pet, you must know how to “animal-proof” your house to prevent buying new shoes, clothes, electronics, and accessories every other month.
Keep all your shoes and clothes in the closet, on high shelves where your pet cannot reach them and replace some of your tableware with plates, glasses, and cups made of metal or other strong materials. You should do the same with your trash bin if you don’t want your animals to move it from one place to another and spill all its content on the floor. Look here for some of the best from Amazon that are virtually indestructible.