Who has a pet, has a treasure. And according to the Spanish Network for the Identification of Companion Animals (REIAC), there are already 13 million furry companions (93% dogs and 6% cats) in our country. It is well known that living with any of them has multiple benefits, from helping us fight stress to alleviating depression, however, what many people ignore is the impact that their care can have on the environment.
In a world increasingly preoccupied with pressing problems such as climate change, it should be remembered that to reduce their impact, attention must be paid to everyday events. Among them, those that concern our pets. Although on many occasions we are not aware, acts such as changing the plastic bags that we use to collect their faeces or choosing to entertain them with the most classic toys can make a difference. Sign up these tips to pamper the planet a bit without neglecting your animal!
Take care of your diet … but pay attention to the packaging of your food
The firm ‘Edgar & Cooper’ reports that in Spain we consume more than 61 million plastic containers of dog and cat feed per year. This means that almost all products for these animals are packaged in plastic, with the impact that this has on the environment. And, as many environmental organizations have warned over the years, plastic can take between 100 and 1000 years to degrade, and also ends up in our seas and oceans, polluting them.
As a general rule, factories that are responsible for storing these products in Europe opt for this material, since it is cheaper and easier to use. However, there are some (the minority) that offer the option of making it in aluminium, the most recyclable material in the world.
Therefore, when buying your pet’s feed, look at the material of its container. With this small gesture, you will contribute to the protection of your environment.
Always clean with bar soaps
As with food, surely you have noticed that most of the products to clean our pets are in plastic containers. Some containers that, with time, will end up in some corner of our nature.
A good alternative is to clean him with bar soaps or buy hygiene products in bulk.
Betting on classic toys is a success
New technologies have also reached the world of pets, and in recent years, electronic toys have become very popular. But there is nothing better for them (and for the planet) than using the classic ropes, balls … and even the characteristic wool balls that cats enjoy so much. This will reduce energy consumption.
Another good option would be for yourself fabrics toys with recycled materials, do not use as, for example, old socks. And if you are not enthusiastic about this idea, you can also go to a second-hand store, where you will find various items for them. Thus, you will be giving a second life to an already manufactured product, and contributing to the famous circular economy.
Say goodbye to plastic bags
When we go for a walk with our pet, it is very important not to forget to collect the remains that they have left, such as faeces.
The problem is that most of us use plastic bags, which, as detailed above, take a long time to degrade and is one of the biggest pollution problems today.
You can get some special paper bags for this purpose, and if you prefer, collect them with newspaper or magazines.
Finally, you can consider the possibility of using biodegradable bags, taking into account, of course, that their decomposition is also going to take time.
Choose an aluminium or steel carrier
Even though this is a somewhat unusual summer, many of us have the occasional getaway planned. And, of course, our pets will go with us. One of the most recommended ways to do it is the carriers since they protect the animal (and the rest of the passengers) more in the event of a collision.
Again, the downside is the plastic, which is once again present in many of these items. However, some are made of materials such as aluminium or steel, which are easier to recycle and which fulfil the same function as the others. Also, they have an advantage: they are lighter.
Stainless steel feeders and drinkers
Finding a plastic trough or trough will be very easy, but finding a stainless steel one too. It is a material that respects the environment since it is recyclable and durable. That is, you will be surprised to see that this trough or trough lasts longer than you imagined.
Go to your nearest store and ask.
Don’t buy, adopt
There is no more ecological act than adopting a pet. By doing so, you are promoting that all those food, toys and medical attention that it needed, are destined to another animal that also needs it. Which, in short, means optimal management (and savings) of resources. And, in this way, various diseases are also prevented from spreading.
The Affinity Foundation has warned that, due to the current health crisis, the number of adoptions in our country has dropped considerably, and dogs and cats spend an average of 8 months in shelters. What, he considers, could be aggravated by the economic impact that the coronavirus has had.
So if you are thinking of adding one more member to the family, think no more.
Stroll all you can
There is no doubt that our daily rhythm is frantic. We need to manage our time as well as possible, and therefore we use our vehicle or public transport. Although the second option is always better than the first, the truth is that, if you are going to go out with your pet, the best thing for the environment (and for her) is that you do it walking.
If you have to go to the vet, do some shopping … let it be walking. A healthy and respectful exercise with the environment, since, practising it, you will do your bit to reduce CO2 emissions and breathe cleaner air.
If you are passionate about riding a bike, your pet can also accompany you, as long as you teach it. Do it, little by little, so that he learns to walk by your side.
Why it is most beneficial to buy or sell Pets online.
The excitement of finding a perfect companion can be great when looking for a puppy, kitten or exotic animals and pets of a specific breed, and this makes people often turn to online sales sites. Surely you have observed that more and more people are opting to buy in an online pet store, and it is that it is a very interesting alternative that brings great benefits to the buyer, AnimalsSale.com is the website where you can buy or sell animals in the US, UK, Europe and other countries. You can find on their website full information about all dogs’ breeds, advice from experts on how to take care of puppies and kittens and other interesting information.
So here we are going to discover some of the most peculiarities of buying a pet from an online store. Featured.
Advantages of buying from a pet store
Today more and more people decide to have an animal in their family. For this reason, the opening of stores where they can buy any product or service dedicated to pets is becoming more and more frequent. According to some statistics, between 40% or 50% of families have a pet, so we must know well the offers in the market to be able to give our pets the best for their health and comfort.
Immense variety in offers
These premises, often have a huge variety of items for pets. For this reason, we can use them to obtain bags of feed for dogs of different sizes, sweets, food products, clothes for dogs, toys, cages (in the case of rodents), etc.
Unlike shopping centres and supermarkets where we find a limited amount of items for our pets. In a pet store, we can find different things more specific to your needs.
In addition, there are also offers on pets and we can find a wide variety of animal species (if the establishment is a large company). In these places, the animals are usually kept in good condition and the employees are in charge of cleaning the cages daily.
Also, the advantage of buying in a specialized pet store is that we can find good quality products at their price. And it is that the prices themselves are usually quite accessible.
Quality is still an important detail when purchasing a product and/or service. In these places, there are usually articles of a quality more than enough to fulfil their function.
In addition, we have the products organized according to the type of pet and this helps to find what we need and more quickly. This saves time and unnecessary wandering in the store.
Something important to note is that the products that are sold in specialized stores are usually from recognized brands and that they will also give us a guarantee. More if it is something that our pet has to ingest.
This really is important, because we cannot give anything to our pet. They could get sick if what they eat is in bad condition and if so, we must quickly claim it from the place of purchase. But in these places, the quality of the products is taken care of.
Preparedness for customer service
Another advantage is that we can have personalized attention based on our requests. There are always people around the premises who can guide us in our purchase and tell us which product suits us best for our needs.
This is extremely important since many times we can go to these stores and not be clear about what brand or what characteristics in the article can be better for our pet. This is a great advantage of buying from these stores.
Personnel in charge of customer service are often people who love animals and spend their time learning about pets. The best advice to buy is from people with a lot of experience.
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