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Switching to eco-friendly animals – eco-friendly pets – is good for the environment

Ecological content of pets (photo: sonsedskaya – stock.adobe.com)

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Q: How to make your pet more environmentally friendly?

A: We all love our furry friends. Unfortunately, an increasing number of domestic cats and dogs are affecting the planet.

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The blockade has led to a sharp rise in the number of pet owners.

According to a survey by the charity PDSA 2021, there are 9.6 million dogs and 10.7 million cats in the UK.

They create a lot of carbon emissions.

Trying to reduce the carbon footprint of your pet’s paws is a great idea.

Food

Undoubtedly, pet food has the greatest impact on the environment.

Most are made from by-products of intensive meat production.

Indeed, pets are responsible for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in global meat production.

Each year the area is twice the size of the UK used only for the production of dry food for cats and dogs of the world.

Fortunately, an increasing number of environmentally friendly pet foods are on the market.

Yora offers dog and cat food made from specially bred larvae, and Lovebug makes insect-based cat food.

These larvae and insects are nutritious – and much more resilient than cows, sheep or chickens, as they need much less land, food and water.

Their meat is also good for pets with allergies, as studies show that the most common allergens for dogs are beef, dairy and chicken, and for cats – beef, fish and chicken.

Some environmentally friendly pet owners choose super-sustainable plant foods, especially for dogs that are omnivorous like us.

Brands include Benevo, Omni and Hownd.

Of course, you don’t need to serve such meals every day, maybe just a few times a week.

And always seek the advice of a veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet.

Waste case

More cats and dogs means more feces, which is not very good news for the environment.

It’s good to think about how you manage it.

From an environmental point of view, a plastic bag of dog waste is not a good idea.

It is storing organic matter in environmentally harmful plastic and then sending it to a landfill where it cannot decompose.

You can buy composted bags. Pay attention to cornstarch products as they do not contain harmful microplastics. If you are trying to save money, you can reuse plastic bags from your kitchen, such as bags of cereal or bread.

As for the cat toilet, biodegradable versions are available. Natusan is made from by-products of sustainable forestry wood, not from ordinary clay, which is not subject to biodegradation, and is responsible for deforestation and loss of wildlife habitat during extraction.

A place of celebrity

London Fashion kicks off on February 18, British designers at the forefront of environmentally conscious style.

Fashion legend Vivienne Westwood advocates avoiding excessive consumption and buying high-quality, environmentally friendly clothing.

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood (photo: Patrick Kovarik / AFP via Getty Images)

In addition, organic cotton, low-impact dyeing and durable fabrics – such as coir, coconut peel and nettle-based materials.

The Stella McCartney brand has always been about luxurious eco-chic. Its designs without fur and leather have recycled fabrics and unsuitable viscose for wood.

Green exchange

In your coffee machine, swap disposable plastic coffee capsules for reusable aluminum ones.

Replace disposable plastic coffee capsules with reusable aluminum ones (photo: adrian_ilie825 – stock.adobe.com)

Given that 30,000 plastic coffee pods are sent to landfill every month, decomposing for 500 years, this has an environmental understanding and does not affect the taste of coffee.

Decide which vegetable milk is best for you

Vegetable milk has phenomenal growth, in part due to people’s concern for the environment.

A study by Nielsen analysts shows that their sales in the UK have grown by 107 per cent over the last two years and are now worth £ 278 million.

But not all of them have the same environmental friendliness.

Which one is the greenest?

Almond milk

Almond milk has a soft, nutty taste and a thick, creamy consistency.

It is a brilliant source of calcium and vitamin E.

But from an environmental point of view this is not the best option.

Almonds require a lot of water to grow, and 80 percent of them are intensively grown in California, which has been hit by a severe drought in recent years.

Coconut milk

The lightest and most refreshing of all vegetable milks, coconut has a sweet taste.

Gluten-free, it’s the perfect addition to curries and smoothies.

However, coconuts come from an exotic climate and are not easy to grow.

Farmers are often paid poorly for their efforts – in addition, world trade often diverts this source of food from the local population.

So if you like coconut milk, use it sparingly.

Soy milk

Soy milk is a great alternative to milk (photo: HandmadePictures – stock.adobe.com)

Soy milk, which is considered the original vegetable milk, has been produced for hundreds of years.

An excellent source of vitamin D and B2, light and versatile. From an environmental point of view, soybean cultivation requires low land and water use.

It does not produce high greenhouse gas emissions. However, some key parts of the world that produce soybeans – especially Brazil and other Amazon countries – have serious problems with soybean-related deforestation.

Be sure to choose milk that has round table certification for responsible soybeans (RTRS).

Oat milk

One of the most popular alternatives to dairy products, oat milk is creamy, drink by the glass and works well in baking.

It is also an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin D. From an environmental point of view oats are the best option. They can be easily grown here in the UK, do not cause water shortage problems and are not associated with deforestation. Go for organics to be even greener.

Dairy

Finally, it should be noted that all vegetable milk is more environmentally friendly than milk. It’s all about the cows.

At any given time in the world there are about 264 million dairy cows. Demanding huge amounts of land, water and food, they also emit methane gas – which is 34 times more harmful than CO2.

Farm animals are responsible for 27 percent of the world’s methane emissions.

Fact or fiction

Stopping and restarting the car is better than idling. True!

Running an engine harms the climate and human health.

The Royal College of Physicians says 400,000 deaths in the UK each year are linked to air pollution – avoid it during school walks!

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