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Earth Day 2023, Sustainability and Pet Ownership
After the final part of the IPCC’s (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report was released last month that delivered the bleak message that it was; the “final warning moment for humanity to take drastic action to prevent irreversible damage to our planet”, a moment like Earth Day 2023 feels more needed and appropriate than ever and one we should take part in any way we possibly can.
As animal and nature lovers we, at Natural Cornish Pet, feel that supporting causes and events like Earth Day are so important in this moment of potential impending climate emergency. We also believe that if all of us try to do a little bit more to help the planet in its time of need we will have a good shot at slowing the rate at which this catastrophe is approaching and possibly avoiding the path on which we are travelling completely.
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day aims to “educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide”.
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd, dedicated to promoting environmental protection and raising awareness about the importance of conserving our planet's natural resources. The event was first celebrated in 1970, and since then, has grown to become a global phenomenon with an estimated 1 billion people in more than 190 countries participating.
The main purpose of Earth Day is to encourage people to take action to protect the environment and to address global environmental issues such as; climate change, pollution, deforestation, and loss of the world's biodiversity. It's a day to reflect on the human impact on the planet and to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve the Earth's natural resources for future generations.
On Earth Day, people around the world participate in various activities such as tree planting, beach cleanups, educational events, and environmental activism. It's a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your local community and beyond.
Pets and Reducing Our Carbon Pawprints
Pet ownership can sometimes be a tricky thing for those of us who wish to reduce our carbon footprints as much as we can, due to the nature of their diets, playthings and waste, amongst other things.
In previous blog posts, we have championed a plethora of easy ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint as a pet owner. But to summarise here are a few things that you can change in your routines, this Earth Day, to make your pet ownership journey that bit more sustainable.
Biodegradable Waste bags
Probably the easiest thing that we all can do is to switch to a compostable poo bag. They are readily available and the cost is similar to that of a plastic alternative. A no-brainer!
Vegetarian Treats and Chews for Dogs
As the jury is still out on whether a veggie diet is healthy for our hounds, cutting down their meat consumption is the best option. This can be easily done with a switch to vegetarian dog treats or vegetarian dog chews.
Many dog toys are made with cheap plastic and are not durable enough to stand the test of time. Why not try an Olivewood Dog Chew, from the gorgeously green Green & Wilds, or one of our Eco-Friendly Dog Tug Toys made from coconut husks instead?
Adoption Over Breeding
With the number of dogs and cats in rescue centres, it is always best to adopt rather than go to a breeder. This reduces the proliferation of people breeding for profit and reduces the number of animals overall whilst giving pets in need a good home. When sustainability is a priority breeders should never be an option when looking for a pet.
Spaying and Neutering
This follows from the above point. We don't need any more unwanted animals when we have so many that are already in need of homes already. Spaying and neutering your animals is ethically and sustainably the best thing to do when you get a new pet, no question.
Always recycle! With so many easy easy ways of recycling all manner of pet food packaging, there is absolutely no excuse not to in the modern world. Read all about how easy it is to recycle those pesky pet food pouches, which aren't picked up in home collections, here>
Eco-Friendly Grooming Products
Another great way to reduce our impact on the planet, as pet owners, is to stop using any nasty chemicals when we are grooming our pets. This is so easily done nowadays with a whole host of fabulous all-natural grooming products available.
So, this April lets all get involved with Earth Day and do everything we can to help avoid the irreversible damage to our planet that the IPCC is predicting. And with so many easy ways to reduce our carbon pawprints, there really is no excuse not to!
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