Sustainable Pet Products

Sustainable Pet Products

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At GOpure, we’ve dedicated our work to helping our customers create a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. One of the hidden avenues for creating a more sustainable lifestyle is pet care. Sustainable pet care is a rapidly growing industry and a place where we can as a community make an incredible impact on the well-being of our planet while also seeing to the happiness and health of our beloved animals.

While we often think about our own carbon footprint and the impact we humans are making on our environment, we also have a responsibility to think about the impact our pets are making as well. We are their guardians, and therefore it’s up to us to ensure that their lifestyle is contributing to the healing of this planet we call home.

But the good news is, it’s never been easier than now to begin integrating eco-consciousness into your pet care routine. Today, there is a whole host of sustainable products specifically engineered to make eco-conscious pet care easier and simpler than ever.

So in the spirit of helping pet-owners take their eco-consciousness to the next level, GOpure has assembled our top sustainable pet products on the market today.

GOPure’s Most Sustainable Pet Products for 2020

Biodegradable Pet Waste Bags

Waste disposal for our pets is a large contributor to the plastic crisis. But luckily, there are a great number of brands today that have dedicated themselves to engineering plastic-free waste disposal products.

Doggy Do Good makes poop bags that are vegetable-based and a great alternative to regular polyethylene plastic bags. The bags are made from corn-starch (an annually renewable resource) and other bio-based proprietary components. These bags are safe for the environment and break down in just 90 days. Sustainable and plastic-free, these poop bags are 100% Biodegradable and Certified Compostable (ASTM D6400 Certified USA).
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Doggy Do Good is based in Michigan and is passionate about donating to Animal Rescues & No-Kill Shelters. So they created Doggy Do Good, a pet supply company with a purpose – every purchase gives back to the rescues and sanctuaries that so desperately need it.

One of the topics we discuss most here on the GOPure Blog is the destructive impact plastic wreaks on our oceans and environment. The culprit we most often think of when considering the environmental damage of plastic is soda rings and other forms of food-related waste. But often, we do not realize the number of activities we engage in throughout our daily routines that requires the use and abundance of plastic. Making small changes in plastic use makes a bigger difference than you could ever imagine.

Food and Treats

Northwest Naturals is a pet food company with a reputation for sourcing free-range, grass-fed meats for dogs and cats. They also make Himalayan Dog Chews with organic milk to create sustainable, tasty treats for your four-legged friends. Northwest Naturals’ mission is to provide pet-lovers the option of feeding their pets a health-enhancing, life-prolonging, and easy-to-feed food. Their products are carefully formulated based upon the most advanced science and principles of raw food diet preparation. They believe in the premise that BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) improves the quality of life for pets. Their mission is to play an active role in the development of healthy companions, regardless of size or activity level.

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For a more traditional dog food option, brands such as Blue Buffalo, Fromms, and Merrick all produce traditional, organic and sustainable alternatives.

When it comes to treats- for decades, antlers have long been heralded as one of the most sustainable treats and toys, especially for those dogs who just love to chew. Not only do antlers break down easily, but they are also created without the harmful chemicals that are often utilized in the mass production of rawhide.

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Just like our own sustainable food practices, we must consider what our pet consumes to build stronger eco-conscious pet habits as most store brand pet foods and treats are often highly refined and undergo processing that is harmful to the environment around us.

And while there is some controversy surrounding the health aspects of raw food pet diets and homemade animal food, today there are a great number of pet food companies dedicating themselves to engineering clean, healthy, and sustainable alternatives.

Sustainable Pet Hydration

Again, this is a territory where the plastic problem comes into play. Rather than selecting plastic bowls for your pets, and instead elect for BPA- free stainless steel, ceramic, or best yet- bamboo pet bowls like the ones created by Beco Bowl.

The Beco Bowls are completely sustainable to produce and biodegradable when finished with. They’re made from natural bamboo resin which is BPA free. 

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Designed to be both eco-friendly and functional, these attractive pet bowls are both tough and durable. They are even dishwasher friendly and last for years in the home. The extra small bowl makes a great water dish for cats or a great food dish for small pets!

And as in all things, when it comes to our hydration sources – we want to make sure our water sources are cleanly filtered and free of all harmful chemicals, both for the health of our pets and the health of our planet. Your pet’s dish is one of the top germ hot spots in the home. Give your furry friend the cleanest, greatest tasting water with GOpure Pet! The Pod purifies and enhances the water, prevents slimy build-up in the bowl, and helps prevent grass burn.

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This filter comes with a suction-cup holder to adhere pod to the bottom of the bowl. You can even sign up for auto-pod delivery every 6 months to ensure your pet is always drinking clean.

Though often overlooked, how we hydrate our animals is a critical part of ensuring that your pet is being taken care of with sustainability in mind.

Recently, we wrote on the importance of keeping your pets hydrated, especially during the summer. But while achieving this, we must also ensure our hydration techniques are as sustainable as possible.

Sustainable Pet Toys, Leashes, and Beds

Many of these products are produced with harmful plastics and virgin synthetic fibers that are devastating to our planet and possibly harmful to your pet’s skin.

Instead, consider purchasing your pet’s toys, leashes, and beds from brands that have dedicated themselves to eco-conscious production methods.

Brands like West Paw Design creates dog toys and beds out of fully recycled material and Ruffwear is a company long praised for its dedication to utilizing sustainable sourcing and waste reduction tactics for their manufacturing of leashes, harnesses and dog toys.

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Becoming an Eco-Conscious Pet Owner

This is only the start of the many ways you can integrate eco-consciousness into your pet care routine. Utilization of non-toxic shampoos, cleaners, and grooming products is a fantastic way to reduce our carbon footprint and electing to adopt your pet from a shelter is also a critical strategy for helping fight the overpopulation issue plaguing our pets and our environment.

If you are reading the GOPure blog, chances are you are already someone who believes deeply in healing our planet and creating a better, brighter tomorrow for those who will come after us. You are conscious of your carbon footprint, you are dedicated to reducing waste whenever possible and you continue to make conscious choices that better yourself and your environment.

So remember, your pets are an extension of you. It’s up to you to create the practices and habits necessary to ensure that their care does not come at the expense of sustainability.

But luckily, it has never been easier than now to create a simple, effective and affordable pet care routine that keeps eco-consciousness in mind.

And remember, GOpure Pod will always be with there with you every step of the way to help you as you continue to build more sustainability practices into your everyday routine as together we commit ourselves to building a better planet not only for ourselves but for our feathered, furry, and scaly friends as well. Don’t forget to stop by our shop and pick up a GoPure Pod for your pet today!

It’s their planet too 🙂

Happy Hydrating

-The GOpure Team.

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