EArth Day 2020

3 Simple Steps to Reduce Your Pup's Environmental Pawprint

Plus: An Earth Day Round-up of some of our favourite sustainable products!
You bike to work, use reusable shopping bags at the grocery store, and choose an energy-saving light bulb - great job! But have you thought about your pup's carbon pawprint? As pet parents, we have a bigger environmental impact on nature than people without pets.

Luckily, pet owners who are aware of their animals' environmental impact can make small changes in the way they care for their pets to be more eco-friendly. By adopting a few easy, sustainable practices in the way we care for our furry companions, and choosing products that contribute to the planet rather than harm it, we can cultivate a healthier pet and planet!

As we celebrate Earth Day 2020, consider taking these 3 simple steps to reduce your pet's environmental pawprint and become an eco-friendly pet parent. Be sure to check out our Earth Day product round-up!
1. Make a conscious choice to purchase eco-friendly pet supplies
By purchasing products made with recycled materials, you encourage manufacturing methods that limit resource use, and energy waste, by producing items from a reusable material. This ultimately restricts factory induced greenhouse gasses. All around, recycled products help to maintain a cleaner, healthier planet.
    Photography: Katherine Ince
    Rescues Food: Each bag of treats reuses nearly half a pound of vegetables that would otherwise go to a landfill.

    Rescues Dogs: A portion of all EarthPup proceeds go to Friends of Humane Society International. Friends of HSI is a national registered charitable organization working to protect animals through education and awareness, rescue, sheltering, provision of veterinary services and other direct care programs.

    Rescues Our Planet: Their packaging is compostable! Each treat bag is made from Kraft Paper and PLA (polylactic acid) made from plants. They also have a 25% lower carbon footprint than conventional plastic!

    Made with recycled materials and repurposed production scraps (mostly 100% wool), Canadian-based company, Elanor, is keeping beautiful fabrics from going to waste and ending up in our landfills. Who says you can't look good and be environmentally conscious at the same time?

    *Use the code DOGLOVER at checkout to receive 40% off your purchase!*
    The Down Dog Mat is perfect for furry friends with latex allergies!
    The Down Dog Mat is made of 100% natural cork, has no chemical, plastic or rubber, is water-resistant & is easy to clean! Down Dog Mats retail for $45.00 and are available on their website. For every mat purchased, Corc Yoga will donate $5.00 to Much Love Animal Rescue in Los Angeles.

    2. Do your research & choose the right dog food!
    According to Polluted Pets, a study by the Environmental Working Group, dogs are exposed to 40 percent higher levels of chemicals than humans are. As it turns out, your dog may be ingesting a host of chemical additives and preservatives, rendered animal by-products, growth hormones, antibiotic-fed protein, dyes, and allergens on a daily basis - all within the dog food you're choosing for them. By switching to organic, human-grade, and/or USDA certified organic pet food, you'll be doing your part to help not just pets, but our planet, too. Supporting organic farming keeps pesticides out of the soil and waterways. Plus, your four-legged companion will enjoy better digestion, improved skin, higher energy, reduced allergies, and more!

    We like to use Dog Food Advisor as a great unbiased jumping off point to do our research when it comes to what we're feeding our furry family members. The Dog Food Advisor is a public service website designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food and features information on all dog food brands such as who actually makes each dog food, the brand's recall history and the company's safety practices.
    3. Dog Waste Disposal : The Dos & Don'ts of Scoopin' The Poop
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies dog waste as an environmental pollutant, and one gram of dog poop can contain over 23 million microns of bacteria. Dog waste is full of even more disease causing bacteria and parasites than other types of waste. These bacteria and parasites are harmful to humans and spread disease to other dogs. Dog waste is full of E. coli, salmonella and is a common carrier of the following: Worms (several types), Parvovirus, Coronavirus, Giardiasis, Salmonellosis, Cryptosporidiosis, and Campybacteriosis. These bacteria and parasites can actually linger in the soil for years! If you don't pick up after your dog, you are putting other people and other dogs at risk of getting sick.

    Biodegradable Poo Bags: There are many pet waste bag manufacturers who claim that their products are biodegradable; many of which aren't actually sustainable. In 2015, the FTC cited 20 companies that made false claims. Truly biodegradable poop bags must be made from a vegetable and starch base. Here are a few of our favourite brands:

    While it's true that our pets cannot actively recycle, plant trees or produce clean energy, there are plenty of ways you and your pal can nurture the planet together and it all starts with the choices you make every day.
    APRIL, 22 / 2020