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Helpful Tips to More Eco-Friendly Pet Care

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 9.11.41 AMThe choice to live a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle is one that many families are embracing today as a way to take better care of both themselves and the environment. But one member of the family is often overlooked: the family pet. If you haven’t yet considered some ways to green up your pet care regimen, here are a few ideas from Mopfrog of North Buckhead to help get you started.

Say Hello to a Greener Kitty Litter Box

Cat litter boxes are a given when your family has a feline member, but some kitty litter products are not good for the environment or your cat. Clumping clay litters actually contain silica dust, a substance with known carcinogenic properties, making it unhealthy for both you and your cat. In addition, if your cat or the family dog ingests clumping or other super-absorbent cat litters, it can cause serious problems including dehydration, health issues, or even death.

A greener, healthier litter box option is to use a natural product that decomposes easily and completely, such as:

  • Shredded, recycled newsprint
  • Shredded corn cobs
  • Walnut or peanut shell meal
  • Dried, processed orange peel
  • Wheat
  • Pine, hardwood or cedar sawdust, shavings or wood chips

Greening Up Fido’s Walk

It isn’t the best part of pet parenting, but cleaning up after your dog is a necessary task. To green up the process, avoid using standard plastic baggies to collect your dog’s excrement. Instead, opt for biodegradable collection bags that will degrade quickly and completely.

Making Greener, Healthier Feeding Choices

Although the commercial pet food industry rarely mentions it, the fact is that grains, animal by-products, “meal” and highly processed fillers – like corn and rice – are not foods that your dog or cat would eat in nature. Ridding your pet’s diet of these ingredients is not only greener, but healthier for your pet. When shopping for a replacement for standard pet foods, choose products that are certified organic or “natural,” which contains only real animal, plant or mined sources according to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) – the regulating body for pet food manufactures.

Even More Green Pet Ideas

Pet bedding can also be made greener by choosing to avoid the synthetic products on the market today that are derived from petroleum products. Instead, choose organic materials, such as cotton, bamboo or hemp

Bathing your pet can also be a greener process by avoiding chemical laden flea and tick products. In many cases, fleas and ticks can be controlled easily by brushing regularly with a good quality flea comb. When it comes to shampooing dogs, opt instead to rinse Fido frequently with a mixture of 7 cups water to 1 cup of plain vinegar. This will leave your dog smelling clean and fresh, while helping to repel insects and your four-legged companion happy and pest free all summer long.

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Take Your Business All the Way to Green in 2015!

Homeowners have caught on to the fact that living in an eco-friendly fashion is not only the right thing to do for the planet and society in general, but also a great way to save money, reduce waste and energy consumption, as well as enjoy a simpler lifestyle. Fortunately, all these benefits also apply to business owners of all types. No matter what size business, you can make 2015 the year of saving lots of “green” just by following these easy, eco-friendly tips.

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Make Powering Off Electronics Part of Your Office SOPs

An excellent way to protect sensitive electronics from power surges is to utilize a high quality surge protector for each computer system in your office. Take this idea to an eco-friendly level by instituting a standard office policy (SOP) that instructs employees to turn off their systems each evening by powering them down and then switching the surge protector to the “off” position.

To retain the convenience factor, make the first employee who arrives each morning responsible for turning on power strips and clicking computer system “on” switches.

Make Better Use of Files

Choose digital files over paper and scan hard documents into digital images, such as PDF files whenever possile. In addition to saving paper and ink, digital files are much easier to transmit, access and retrieve from mobile devices or laptops, thus, improving efficiency and enabling employees to become more productive. You will also have less desktop clutter.

Make Eco-Friendly Choices in Consumables

Whenever your business must make a purchase, opt for office supplies with environmental attributes, such as products that can be recycled, remanufactured, reused or contain recycled-content. Here are some to consider:

  • Recycle office paper, beverage containers and newspapers.
  • Install a filter on the tap for drinking water and forego the use of plastic water bottles
  • Refill ink cartridges for printers and recycle the cartridge when they can no longer be refilled
  • Save kitchen waste from employee break rooms, such as coffee grounds, and fruit peelings to add to compost piles

Even More Green Ideas

Instead of sending broken office furniture or electronics to landfills, investigate your options for recycling them or donating them to groups who will refurbish and sell them to pay for community projects or improvements. When donating, be sure to ask for a receipt for income tax purposes.

Getting an energy audit is another good way to find waste and come up with a more efficient plan for your business’s energy usage.

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Tips to ‘Green’ Your Kitchen

Now, more than ever, people are more health and environmentally conscious. Minimizing your impact on the environment doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking. Here’s a quick look at how you can green your kitchen, be more energy efficient and less wasteful.

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Wait until you have a full load to use your dishwasher. Many dishwashers, including ENERGY STAR certified models, are designed to get your dishes clean while using less water and energy. Furthermore, advanced technology allows us to the skip the rinsing. Throughout the wash cycle, soil sensors determine the level of dirtiness in order adjust the cycle and achieve an optimal clean. Lastly, instead of using the heat dry option, let your dishes air-dry.

BYOB – Bring Your Own Bags

For a greener alternative, invest in reusable totes versus bagging groceries in paper or plastic. Today, many reusable tote bags are made from organically grown materials or recycled plastics. For efficient use, keep a few reusable totes in your car. After you have unloaded the groceries, place the bags near the door so you won’t forget them on your way out. To help make a difference and reduce the waste polluting landfills, many cities are now banning the use of plastic bags.

Invest in energy-efficient appliances

By replacing your old appliances with ones that are energy-efficient, you are able to save money on utility bills, as well as protect the plant by reducing energy and water consumption. You might even qualify for tax credits available from the government, which can greatly reduce your investment in these appliances.

Buy in bulk

You can make a big difference to the environment and your food budget by buying food and beverage items in bulk. Purchasing products in bulk reduces packaging, and thus, the amount of waste flowing into the landfills. To maximize savings and to avoid spoilage, it’s best to purchase products such as toilet paper, toothpaste, non-perishable food and other items, such as nuts, that you can portion out into reusable containers.

Purchase cookware that will last

When purchasing cookware, stainless steel, cast iron and PFOA-free (Perfluorooctanoic acid) pots and pans are safer for you and your family’s health, as well as environmentally friendly. Teflon coated cookware may prevent your morning eggs from sticking to the frying pan; however, new research shows that PFOA coating is linked to cancer. When cooked at higher temperatures these non-stick surfaces may emit a poisonous gas that is harmful to human health. For easy and safe cooking, opt for PTFE-Free (Teflon) and PFOA-Free cookware.

Use a water filter

Do you drink a lot of bottled water? If so, it’s time to quit purchasing bottled water at the store. Instead, invest in a quality water filter and make your own bottled water at home using BPA-free reusable bottles.

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