Reducing Your Pet’s Carbon Paw Print

Posted by Bradley Lewis on

Reducing Your Pet's Carbon Paw Print

Earth’s Natural Clay readers are eco-conscious individuals who look to nature first for health and wellness. The mission, vision and values of our company, Save the Planet Janet also resonates with our readers. Being eco-friendly and reducing the impact on the planet is important. Unsurprisingly, that same concern to “live green” extends to our pets.

Green Pet Care Ideas

Research shows that a medium size dog has an average annual carbon paw print of 2.07 acres — more than double that of an SUV! Reducing your furry and feathered friends’ impact on Mother Earth is actually pretty easy. To help you get started, we’ve gathered some of our favorite green pet care ideas.

Sustainable Snacking

Got a curious (or bored) kitty that likes to chew on plants? Some common plants that are poisonous to dogs are amaryllis (common around the holidays), bamboo palm (sold in big box stores and elsewhere) and calla lilies. Common indoor plants poisonous to cats are dieffenbachia, philodendron and asparagus fern. A safe, green alternative is to grow your own pet grass. Pet grass is safe for both cats and dogs in small quantities. Unlike some houseplants, pet grass won’t poison your pets. This easy to grow natural treat is more sustainable because it doesn’t require a trip to the pet store, bulky packaging, or unnecessary shipping.

If your pet has been noshing on houseplants, you may want to consider adding clay to their diet. The clay will help settle the stomach, rid the gut of toxins, and detox the body of parasites and pesticides. Click here to read more about how clay can help keep your pet healthy. 

Love Your Litter

Being picky about your cat litter is a good thing. There are many chemical-laden litters on the market that you should avoid. An environmentally-friendly and pet-safe alternative is chemical-free litter. One option is litter made of recycled paper. Yesterday’s News® offers a non-toxic, practically dust-free cat litter made with recycled paper. Even the packaging is recyclable!

Want to make the switch, but concerned about smells? Sprinkling a cup full of calcium bentonite clay over the paper litter will boost the ability to absorb odors naturally! Check out other household uses for bentonite clay on our blog.

What a Waste

The average dog will produce approximately nearly 1 pound of pet waste each day. Animal waste is a problem when it is wrapped up in plastic bags and tossed in the trash. Ordinary plastic bags from the store take years to break down and are a blight to the environment, even when thrown in trash. Instead, responsible pet owners opt for biodegradable bags. The BioBag is a certified compostable waste bag that breaks down quickly when buried in the ground or placed in a landfill.  This will help keep your parks, streets and the planet clean, as well as your conscience.

Greener Gear

For those who love to outfit your pet with the right gear, consider choosing accessories made with sustainable materials. Some of these pet- and planet-friendly materials include bamboo, hemp, and organic cotton. The Good Dog Company has a line of earth-friendly collars and leashes made from hemp, not to mention lots of other fun products such as hemp rope toys.

If your pet has a skin reaction to synthetic fabric or collars, clay can bring relief. Bentonite clay poultices make a great natural remedy for lesions, wounds, hot spots and infections. Clay baths can also be very helpful in relieving pets’ itchy and inflamed skin. Check out these posts to learn more about clay for pets.


Taking care of our planet is about being concerned for more than just ourselves. By choosing green pet care options you can reduce your pet’s carbon paw print and support a sustainable planet. From environmentally friendly litter and gear, to growing your own snacks and proper waste disposal, each action you take can have a big impact. The journey of a thousand miles truly does begin with a single step! Spread the word and join others who look to nature first for their health and wellness by liking our our Facebook page.

A version of this article first appeared in the “Green” issue (No. 2, Issue 8) of fetch! magazine, a quarterly publication from Petplan pet insurance




Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published