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Eco-Friendly Products for Pet Owners

Being a friend to the environment has become not only crucial in recent years, but it’s also become pretty darn popular. Early last year, MarketWatch reported on a study that showed that almost 70 percent of Canadian and U.S. consumers find it important for brands to be “eco-friendly.” 

Considering the growing need for environmentally conscious products and the fact that in 2019 roughly 67 percent of households in the U.S. included at least one pet, it’s time to make sure you’re doing what you can when it comes to your pet-related products as well. Check out the following eco-friendly products for pet owners:

Pet-Safe Laundry Detergent 

Whether it’s fleece liners for a chinchilla cage or liners from dog and cat beds, eventually, our furry pets will create the occasional load of laundry. According to Molly Maid’s most pet bed covers can be washed in the washing machine with cold water in pet-safe laundry detergent. Usually, detergents that are “baby safe” tend also to be “pet safe.”

By purchasing eco-friendly laundry detergent from Tru Earth, you will get an easy-to-use detergent that doesn’t use toxic chemicals like parabens, phosphates, chlorine bleach, 1,4-dioxane, any animal bi-products (making it vegan friendly), or added dyes. Since this eco-friendly laundry detergent is free of harsh chemicals such as bleach or chlorine and dye and phosphate-free, it’s perfect for sensitive skin. It’s actually certified by independent dermatologists. 

This is the best eco-friendly laundry detergent because of its ability to get out stubborn stains and not cause skin irritation and because it is a zero-waste product. Unlike conventional laundry detergent, Tru Earth eco-strips don’t come in a plastic jug that will end up in a landfill. Instead, Tru Earth eco-strips come in a compostable box, and the strips completely dissolve into suds to clean and remove stains in the washer. Since these detergent strips are compatible with all washing machines (including high-efficiency washers), you almost eliminate the environmental impact when you need clean laundry. 

Bonus tip: along with eco-friendly laundry detergent, consider drying out Tru Earth’s wool dryer balls that work as a natural fabric softener, use less energy by reducing time in the dryer, and replace dryer sheets that are known to aggravate allergies.

Dubia Roaches

For the reptile (or tarantula) enthusiasts, purchasing Dubia roaches from TopFlight Dubia will give you a hefty supply of these superior insects to feed reptiles ranging from leopard geckos to bearded dragons. Unlike crickets, Dubia roaches have longer life cycles (up to two years), so they’re easier to buy in bulk, and they don’t grow as fast as crickets, meaning they won’t outgrow feeding size too quickly. Also, unlike crickets, Dubia roaches cannot climb or jump, so they’re less likely to escape. The best part of giving Dubia roaches to your pet is that they are nutritious feeders. These roaches contain more protein than crickets and are easier for your pets to digest.

The experts at TopFlight Dubia recommend keeping your Dubia roaches at temps between 76-79 degrees F and finding the right size roaches to use as feeder insects for your pet. TopFlight Dubia offers Dubia roaches in various sizes and is ready to answer any of your Dubia roach questions. With eleven years of experience raising these roaches in Pearland, Texas, they’re ready to help you every step of the way to finding the right roaches for your pet. If you order your Dubia roaches online, be sure to check out the specifics of TopFlight Dubia’s live guarantee. Depending on weather conditions, you may need to arrange delivery to your local post office to prevent premature Dubia roach deaths. 

Biodegradable Kitty Litter

Have you looked at the ingredient list on your cat's litter? Some litters are made from clay (which is made from mining – big environmental no, no), and others include questionable ingredients such as preservatives, artificial fragrances, etc. Biodegradable cat litter, however, is made from either recycled products and/or natural ingredients. A PetMD article notes that biodegradable cat litter options reduce dust, reduces the environmental impact on landfills, and strips away the fear of your kitty potentially ingesting harmful chemicals.

Eco-Friendly Small Animal Bedding

The previously mentioned study reported by MarketWatch showed that as many as 69 percent of North American respondents are willing to pay higher prices for “recycled products.” Small animals that enjoy nesting look for bedding that is recycled and uses natural fibers (CareFresh animal bedding, for example). These products use upcycling to make their bedding use less waste while providing a material great for keeping your pet cozy, warm, dry, and away from harmful ingredients. 

Warning: Paper bedding is NOT recommended for chinchillas as they are likely to eat it, which could cause an intestinal blockage in the long run. 

Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags
Most are aware of the impact of plastic bags on mother earth. So, why not switch to a poop bag that is made with biodegradable materials for those long walks with your dog(s)? Several brands such as Pooch Paper, Rover, and Wild One make such options. Even Glad makes an option that is lavender scented!

Author: Sam Lincon   

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