Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
This cannot be truer in today’s day and age where sustainability is not only a sensible choice, but the need of the hour. While we’re going green everywhere else, let’s talk about how we can make the world a better place for our pets, one negative carbon at a time.

1. Always scoop the poop and use compostable poop bags

It’s a popular myth that bodily waste is a natural fertilizer. While this is partially true in case of human waste, dog poop causes nothing but harm. Parasites, like hookworms, roundworms, giardia, and parvovirus can live in dog poop for several days. If not cleaned out of the soil, these parasites may latch on to crops and infect them.
Make sure to either manually compost dog poop or dispose them in compostable poop bags. Compost made out of dog waste can be added to soil for revegetation and planting beds. However, it should not be used on crops grown for human consumption.

2. Avoid pee pads like the plague

Pee pads are the classic recipe to environmental destruction. They are not biodegradable, not recyclable and have a backing of non-compostable plastic sheets. They cannot be reused and have to disposed after every single use.
Avoid pee pads and go for more sustainable options such as fake grass patches. They can be cleaned and washed after every use and are also cost effective.

3. Go for sustainable toys

Currently, there are very few regulations on the chemicals that pervade our pets’ lives through toys and food. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Phthalates, Bisphenol A (BPA), lead are all toxic elements that are quite often found in dog toys. These
chemicals are not only toxic to the environment, but also our pets and may end up causing long term health issues.
The goodies available on are made from ethically sourced ingredients and sustainable products. Our subscription boxes are designed to not only make your pup happy, healthy, entertained & sharp, but also help you make your purchases carbon negative. With a monthly subscription, consider your dog’s need for toys and treats taken care of!

4. Choose ethically sourced food and treat options

Corn syrup, xylitol, BHA, BHT, Propylene Glycol are all toxic ingredients that are commonly found in several popular dog treats brands. Moreover, multiple dog food brands use corn, soy and meat by products as one of the primary ingredients. Not only do they not provide our dogs with ample nutrition, but may also damage their health and immunity When it comes choosing edible options for your dog, less is more. Go for single ingredient chews and treats and consider adding fresh food in your dog’s diet.
Our treats made with certified organic ingredients with no added preservatives or toxic chemicals. It is, now, easier than ever to find delicious, organic treats that your fur baby will love.

5. Recycle and upcycle

One of the best things about dogs is how easy they are to please. They will happily snuggle with their almost ancient toys and will love DIY toys like they’re new. And, if your dog seems bored of their toys, consider donating them to animal shelters and let another dog have his day!

6. Choose eco-friendly flea and tick treatments
Citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary oils are natural flea and tick repellents that are highly sustainable and cost-effective alternatives to expensive, non sustainable, store-bought options.

Siddhika Bhat
Certified Dog Trainer and Behaviorist