Did you know that a medium-sized dog has more of an ecological impact than driving a 4.6 litre Land Cruiser 10,000 kilometres a year (The New Scientist). That might come as a surprise, but fear not, there are plenty of ways that eco-conscious dog owners can lower their carbon pawprints. Have a read of our top tips below...
Feed Them Quality Not Quantity
We want your dog to look good and feel good. A few extra pounds on your dog's waistline isn't good for their health, and it’s certainly not good for the planet. This is because every extra portion of food you add to their bowl means more resources used and more carbon produced.
Good quality dog food that doesn’t use corn, food dyes or other additives keep your dog’s belly fuller for longer, meaning you can feed them less. This is good news all round. In short, focus on feeding your dog less but feeding them better.
Here at Goood, we prioritise people and the planet. All of our recipes are grain-free, use free-range or organic meat and follow a holistic nutritional concept. Our premium sustainable dog food has no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives. We also stay well away from genetically modified crops and add no extra sugar.
We’re also aware of the CO2 emissions dog food production creates, which is why we make sure our business is carbon neutral. We offset any carbon dioxide produced by planting trees!
Choose Biodegradable Bags
We know cleaning up after your dog isn’t so fun, and many dog owners use single-use plastic bags which are binned, and end up in landfill. Why not try using biodegradable bags instead!
There are an estimated 900 million dogs in the world - which means a lot of dog poo bags. So, switching to an eco-friendly alternative will do the job just as well without the rubbish consequences.
Driving a car two miles produces 0.88kg of carbon. That might not sound like that much, but if you’re driving to your walks every time then that really adds up.
Instead of taking the car why not walk locally? If you are in an urban area then head to your local park, or if you’re struggling for green space then how about taking a bus ride with your dog to the countryside.
Have a go at trying out some of these eco-friendly hacks to tackle your four-legged friend’s environmental pawprint head on!
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