Easy climate-friendly swaps for eco-friendly pet care

If you’ve recently watched Seaspiracy on Netflix, you’ll be aware of the astronomical impact humans are having on our world, both for marine life and for our surrounding environment. We all need to do our bit, so we’ve created a handy guide to some of our favourite eco-friendly products for you and your pet, helping you make small and sustainable changes to your daily life together.

Eco-Friendly Made Easy

  • Caring for our furry friends doesn’t have to be detrimental to the planet. Buying lots of plastic – bowls, toys and litter trays – and using non-biodegradable clay litters all have a harmful impact on the environment, but these aren’t your only options when purchasing essentials for your pet.

Rather than feeling guilty when you want to make life comfortable for your pet, Vet on the Net  makes it easy to order alternative, eco-friendly products that are sustainable, meet your pet’s needs and are veterinary-recommended. And if you’re worried about the expense of converting to an eco-friendly lifestyle, delivery is free on orders over £29 – helping to ditch the plastic!

Small Paws, Big Difference

  • Small changes mount up to make a big impact. Start with your pet’s needs, one paw at a time, substituting plastic products to create a more sustainable environment. Step up first, cat lovers!

Let’s begin with keeping our cats happy and clean indoors, choosing Beco’s Eco Cat Litter Tray & Scoop as an alternative to your everyday, plastic litter tray. Beco promise this tray will last for years (re-use, recycle, reduce). Its bio-hybrid material, made from bamboo fibres and rice husks mixed with a plant-based resin, is fully biodegradable and its high back, slipper-shaped design helps keep litter contained while meeting a cat’s need to see around them.

EcoGrain Oat Husk Pellet Non Clumping Cat Litter is another great alternative that ensures 100% biodegradability (yes, it’s a word!) each time you clean up. That should be at least once a day to remove waste and soiled litter, and weekly for a whole tray wash and refill. Head to the cat-friendly icatcare site for great tips on choosing and placing your trays to keep your cats happy.

Not only is it eco-friendly, but owners approve of its very low tracking and its ability to mop up odours, while cats approve of its lack of synthetic deoderizers, which they can find very disconcerting.

You could consider an alternative such as Snowflake’s  Premium Wood based Cat Litter. With softwood pellets sourced from responsibly managed forests in the U.K., it promises biodegradable economy and absorbency.

The Bamboo Cat Feeding Bowl is another eco-friendly alternative, made of plant fibres and coloured with natural food dyes. Its thoughtful design includes a non-slip base and low-rimmed edge – freedom for whiskers! Plastic alternatives will be paramount in reducing the estimated 1.5 million metric tons we currently produced in the U.K. every year.

  • Bring on the dog lovers for some eco-friendly swaps for our canine companions!

Cats don’t get all the best stuff to themselves, as dogs have their own Beco Bamboo Feeding Bowls. Browse the whole Beco range for ideas ranging from their Natural Rubber Ball On Rope Dog Toys  made from 100% natural rice husk rubber and cotton rope, to fantastic, biodegradable Eco-friendly poop bags. Thick and strong to avoid accidents and on recyclable cardboard roll cores, they still break down quickly. You can choose bags with or without handles and pick-up an Eco-Holder for convenience at the same time.

  • Smallest paws and sensitive souls

Consider eco-friendly bedding for your other furry friends too! Our Tiny Farm Supasoft Bedding is a great alternative to ensure fully compostable waste that is soft on paws and virtually dust free. Suitable for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, degus, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice and ferrets, low-dust and odour-absorbing, the packaging is recyclable too.

Each year around 11 billion wet wipes are used in the UK and flushing those wipes is a major cause of sewer blockages. The vast majority of wipes contain non-biodegradable plastics that pollute marine life and landfill sites. Pet Remedy Calming Wipes help sensitive pets through a myriad of stressful times but are biodegradable and 100% compostable, so can be safely disposed of in general waste. Wiped over your hands before handling, used to wipe carriers or tucked around a collar; they are suitable for all pets from horses to rabbits and reptiles.

  • Saving the planet one paw at a time!