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August 29, 2012

Eco Pets: DIY Cat Litter

Pet poo clean up

We love to pamper our pets. We also love to live green. Who says we can't do both? 

This week's tips will help you make your pet's lifestyle as eco-friendly as yours.

Tip #3: Green up the clean-up 

There's nothing that ruins your day like stepping in a big pile of you-know-what carelessly left on the sidewalk. That pile doesn't just pollute your day, it also eventually gets washed down the gutter and into the nearest lake, river, or ocean — full of bacteria. While human waste goes through a treatment facility before being dumped, neglected doggy doo-doo can bring unwanted toxins into our water. 

So first, pick up after your dog. And to be even more eco-friendly, use compostable bags like BioBag (but be sure to use proper waste-composting methods!).

Cat litter isn't much better for the environment, and most brands are not biodegradable either. To save some money and go eco-friendly, try making your own cat litter using old newspaper shreds: 

  • soak shredded newspaper in warm water with a touch of biodegradable dish soap
  • drain and repeat step #1 without soap 
  • sprinkle baking soda over paper, knead, squeeze out any leftover water
  • crumble over a screen and let dry

--image by istock/amanalang


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