Did you know that approximately 8 million pieces of plastic end up in our oceans every day? This plastic harms our wildlife, destroys our beaches and even finds its way into our food systems. Cutting down on the amount of plastic you use is a great way to reduce your impact on the planet, and help safeguard our environment.
As dog owners, it’s easy to rely on plastic toys, beds and bowls, however, with a few easy swaps you can ensure a more planet-friendly lifestyle for you and your pet.
With over 150 plastic bottles littering each mile of UK beaches, shampoo bottles are a huge contributor to our plastic problem. Try making your dog’s grooming routine a little more eco-friendly by using shampoo bars instead. Not only are they better for the planet, but often these bars contain natural ingredients and are free of nasty chemicals, so they are kinder to your dog too!
We know that keeping your dog entertained can be a military operation, but you don’t need to rely on pointless plastic to keep their attention. Why not try making your own plastic-free dog toys by using anything from knotted up strips of bedsheets or platted rope?
From leads to dog beds, accessories for your favourite four-legged friend are usually pretty plastic heavy. Try shaking up your pet supplies with everything from recycled dog beds to bamboo bowls for a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. Even making these small changes can have a big impact on the planet.
Why not try giving your next dog walk an eco-friendly boost by combining it with a litter pick. Plogging can help clean up local areas and keep our neighbourhoods plastic-free. With hundreds of plogging groups in communities around the UK, find your local group and let’s get picking!
Planet-friendly dog food
If you’re looking to cut down on pointless plastic, take a look at more planet-friendly pet food suppliers who’re taking steps to tackle their impact. Look for suppliers that are using recyclable packaging, are investing in green initiatives and who are taking steps to give back to people and the planet.
Find out the ways we’re working to be kind to the planet here.