Eco-Friendly Pet Care: How to Reduce Your Carbon Pawprint and Keep Your Pet Healthy

27th October 2023
Beryl Shuttleworth
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As you all know, I’m very passionate about the environment (hence our Herbal Pet packaging!). But, apart from using our products because of their biodegradable packaging, what else can you do to care for your pet and help save the planet?

Introductioneco-friendly pet care

We all love our pets, but sometimes we forget that they can leave a pretty big carbon pawprint. In other words, the way we care for our pets can have an impact on the environment. So, in this article, I’d like to throw some ideas out about how to do eco-friendly pet care.

Ideas for sustainable pets

  1. Sustainable Pet Food

The food you give your pet can be a big deal. A lot of pet food is made from ingredients that are not great for the planet. So, think about switching to pet food that’s more eco-friendly. For example, there are options that use ingredients that are insect-based, and they’re good for your pet and for the environment.

  1. Less Packaging Waste

All those pet products come in a lot of packaging (except for The Herbal Pet’s products, of course). Try to find brands that use eco-friendly packaging (like us!), or buy in bigger quantities to cut down on waste. And if you can, reuse or recycle the packaging.

  1. Green Pet Toys

The toys we get for our pets are often made of plastic, which isn’t so great for the environment. Look for toys made from natural stuff like rubber, cotton, or even recycled materials. They’re safer for your pet and better for the Earth.

  1. Homemade Treats

Instead of buying treats in plastic bags, make your own at home. You can use simple ingredients like peanut butter, sweet potatoes, or oatmeal. It’s better for the planet, and you have more control over what your pet is eating.

  1. Eco-Friendly Grooming

Check out grooming products that are eco-friendly and use natural ingredients, like our natural shampoo. They’re safer for your pet and better for the environment. Also, try not to waste too much water during bath time.

  1. Pick Up After Your Pet

When it comes to your pet’s business, use biodegradable bags, compost the waste, or flush it properly if it’s allowed in your area. This helps keep pet waste out of landfills.

  1. Go for Green Cat Litter

If you have a cat, consider using eco-friendly cat litter made from stuff like corn, wheat, or recycled paper. It’s way better for the environment than traditional clay litters.

  1. Vet Checkups

Make sure you take your pet for regular checkups at the vet. It’s like getting a health check, and it can catch problems early, so your pet stays healthier without needing a lot of treatments.

  1. Adopt a Pet

Instead of buying a pet from a breeder, think about adopting one from a shelter. This helps pets in need and reduces the demand for pet breeding, which can be tough on resources.

  1. Sustainable Pet Gear

When it comes to pet stuff like beds, collars, and leashes, look for eco-friendly options that are tough and durable. And support companies that care about being eco-conscious.


You don’t have to choose between your pet and the planet. You can keep your pet happy and be eco-friendly at the same time. Small changes in the way you feed, groom, and play with your pet can add up to make a real difference. So, be a responsible pet owner and go green with your pet care.

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