As a dog owner, it's easy to be eco-friendly and sustainable. From choosing eco-friendly dog toys to sustainable dog food packaging, there are many options available to make your pet-parenting journey more sustainable. You can also make a difference by supporting environmentally conscious companies that produce dog food and products, and by choosing natural and non-toxic flea and tick treatments for your dog.
1. Make Eco-Friendly Dog Toys
Eco-friendly dog toys can be made from sustainable materials such as bamboo, hemp, and organic cotton. Recycled or repurposed materials such as old T-shirts, fire hose, or even tennis balls can be used to make durable toys. Dog chews made from natural materials such as antlers, rawhide, or bones are a good alternative to plastic or rubber options. Coconut fiber and natural rubber can be used to make eco-friendly rope and tug toys.
2. Use Eco-friendly Dog Shampoos
Eco-friendly dog shampoos are made from natural ingredients and are free from harsh chemicals. They are available in different varieties like lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oil. These shampoos are gentle on the dog's skin and coat. There are also some dog shampoos that are made from oatmeal that help to soothe itchy and irritated skin.
3. Support Environmentally Conscious Companies
Supporting environmentally conscious companies like Jiminy's for dog food and products is a great way to reduce the impact on the environment. Look for companies that use sustainable and organic ingredients, and source them locally. Avoid companies that use a lot of plastic packaging or that contribute to deforestation. Look for companies that use environmentally-friendly practices in their production and manufacturing process.
4. Avoid Chemical-laden Flea and Tick Treatments
Eco-friendly flea and tick treatments for dogs include products made from natural ingredients such as essential oils, plant-based extracts, and pesticides derived from chrysanthemums, which are known to be effective in repelling fleas and ticks. There are also products which use diatomaceous earth, a natural mineral that kills fleas and ticks by absorbing their lipids and dehydrating them. Another natural treatment is borax, a mineral that can be mixed with salt and spread on carpets and furniture to eliminate fleas and ticks. You can also use organic shampoos, sprays or dips which are made from natural ingredients like cedarwood, citronella and eucalyptus, that can repel fleas and ticks.
5. Switch to an Eco-friendly Dog Leash
Eco-friendly dog leashes made from recycled material are a great way to reduce waste and protect the environment. These leashes can be made from a variety of materials including recycled plastic, recycled climbing rope, and even recycled bicycle inner tubes. Jiminy’s eco-friendly dog leash is made from recycled plastics. These leashes are strong and durable and are designed in bright colors, making them easy to spot.
6. Convert to Crickets For Your Dog’s Food
Crickets are a sustainable food choice for dogs as they are a highly efficient protein source. They require less land, water and feed than traditional animal protein sources, and also emit less greenhouse gas. Cricket protein is a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids that dogs need to maintain a healthy diet. Cricket farming also doesn't require the use of antibiotics or hormones, which is often the case with traditional animal protein sources. Crickets also can be fed on organic waste, such as food scraps, leaves, and grass, making them a more sustainable protein source.
7. Support Sustainable Packaging
Sustainable packaging for wet dog food such as Tetra Pak is a great way to reduce the environmental impact of dog food. Tetra Pak is a type of packaging made from multiple layers of recyclable materials, which provides a barrier to light, air and bacteria, keeping the food fresh. This type of packaging is lightweight, durable, and easy to recycle and is made from renewable resources such as wood fibers and paper, and can be easily recycled where recycling facilities are available. Tetra Pak also uses less energy to produce and transport, reducing the carbon footprint. Jiminy’s now uses Tetra Pak for its wet dog food packaging, which is a great alternative to traditional packaging options such as cans and jars that are heavy and use more energy during production.
8. Use Bio-degradable Dog Waste Bags
Bio-degradable dog waste bags are an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastic bags. Made from natural materials such as corn starch, biodegradable bags break down quickly in the environment, reducing the amount of plastic waste in landfills and oceans. They are also safe for dogs to use, making them a great choice for pet owners who want to reduce their carbon footprint.
By making conscious choices like the ones mentioned above, you can help protect the environment while providing the best care for your furry friend!
To create the perfect formula every time, we follow that up with whole food ingredients that offer natural probiotics in every bite. Together, the naturally prebiotic insect protein and probiotic-rich foods help build a strong gut microbiome. Our innovative protein doesn’t trigger allergies like traditional pet food ingredients either, resulting in better gut health for food-sensitive dogs.
Beyond that, our products are eco-friendly, humane, and safe for dogs of all sizes. So, you can definitely feel good about feeding your dog Jiminy’s – and your dog will enjoy our tasty Cravin’ Cricket and Good Grub flavors.