What's an eco-pawprint and how do I shrink it?
Before you can fight the good fight, you've got to know your foe. I've put together the nifty ecological pawprint chart above (based on the Ecological Footprint) to aid you on your eco-education expedition. As Maya Angelou says, "When you know better, you do better."
While I have yet to find ecological statistics specific to pets alone, I did learn that it currently takes Mother Earth, a year and a half to regenerate what the Earth's population uses in a year. Holy cannoli, Batman!
While our eco-pawprints are tiny in comparison to the eco-footprints left by y'all, we do have an impact on the environment and there are things you can do to help us shrink it:
- Buy from companies who are eco-conscious and walk the talk. I've listed several in my Green goods for a smaller eco-pawprint post.
- Buy locally - Less transportation, less packaging, less waste.
- Recycle - Instead of purchasing that new pet bed you've been eyeing, check-out the stylish duvet covers available at most pet stores. You can stuff them with old clothes that are too tattered to donate.
- Recycle - Trade used pet toys with your pet loving friends.
- Reduce your pet's beef consumption - It takes a lots of space to sustain a herd of cattle.
- Switch to biodegradable or compostable poop bags.
- Use eco-friendly kitty litter.