Benji and I are very environmentally conscious and try our best to limit negative impacts on the environment by reducing waste, recycling and choosing what to buy, even if that means having to spend a little more.
Today, we would like to share our top 5 pet products that we use that are gentle on both the animals and the planet.
We are in love with this cleaner that is biodegradable and safe for pets. My favorite is the lavender scented one and I use it for everything and anything: Counter tops, floor, sink area, bathroom and even on some furniture. The spray-type bottle is made of 100% recycled plastic and the product has not been tested on animals. Is it effective? Absolutely. If you live in Canada, you can find it at most Shoppers Drugmarts so it's super accessible as well.
4- Potato's Pick: Fresh News Cat Litter
Potato was my awesome guinea pig that is now happily running around in Potato Heaven. He led a great life in a custom-made 2-storey guinea pig condo and on the second level (where his bathroom was), I used some Fresh News Cat Litter. We both loved this because it was 100% natural with recycled newspaper, absorbed the odor thanks to the baking soda that it contained and gentle on the planet as it was 100% biodegradable. Highly recommended.
3- Homemade Dog Food
Okay... so this is where you're probably starting to think I'm crazy, but yes. Benji eats homemade food. When I got Benji, I wanted him to have the best life possible and since I pay attention to what I eat, why shouldn't I do the same with him? So I did a lot of research to try to find the best type of food for him and homemade food is where this took me.
Why did I choose to feed him human food?
I'm sure there are some dog food companies out there that pay attention to this kind of thing, but did you know that a lot of them use dead/euthanized animals to make their products? That sometimes these euthanized animals consist of dogs and cats? This was one the main reasons I decided to cook for him myself as I was able to choose exactly what was going to be used. I also read a lot about many pets with different illnesses having been able to get better from changing their diet to homemade food and I decided to give it a try.
It is a little more work but the fact that Benji loves it and that I get to control what he eats seems fair to me. Bonus points when I can buy the food with no packaging by bringing my own jars and bags.
We follow the recipes used in the book Home Cooking for Your Dog, by Christine Filardi and I usually make the food in advance and freeze it in a container. All I have to do is defrost what I need when I need it. As simple as that.
I had been looking for a good, natural dog shampoo for Benji when I stumbled upon this one. I had read great reviews and decided to give it a try when I found it at my local pet shop (shout out to Cricket & Company!). We use the orange peel scented one and so far, it has been the best shampoo that we've ever used!
Benji tends to get dry hair and some dandruff after his baths, but this shampoo eliminated that problem very fast. I love the fact that it's 100% biodegradable, 100% natural and cruelty free. The scent feels very natural and is not not too strong either, which is a big plus.
*Side Note: Not suggested to be used on cats as some may be allergic.
- A little pricey depending on where you buy it, so I would suggest you do your research on that.
- I wish the bottle was not made of plastic because although it is said to be recyclable, only about 9% of plastic is recycled every year, with the rest going to landfill or being discarded in the natural environment.
Benji's top pick because seriously... who doesn't love these?
When I went back to being a student with minimal income, I did consider going the route of the dollar-store poop bags, but I think we have enough plastic bags in landfills and floating around in the ocean. Save the turtles!
When you think about it, poop is biodegradable, so putting it in a biodegradable bag would produce... 0 waste! These ones are great as they are 100% plastic-free, made of recycled materials and the company tries to reduce the emissions by paying attention to their shipping process. I also love the fact that both the packaging and the center of the roll are made of paper, which means they're recyclable too!
These poop bags are not expensive for no reason either. If you compare them to the dollar store ones, they are definitely much thicker and stronger as well.
What are your favorite pet product picks? Let us know!