Thank you everyone for the positive responses to my Zero Waste Pups post. This is one of the many industries that make it difficult to find zero waste alternatives. Living a zero waste lifestyle isn’t about perfection; it’s making a conscious decision to live less out of habit, and more with intention. Evaluate all of your options, and choose the best, most sustainable one. With that in mind, I wanted to share some more insights on raising sustainable pets.Pup shampoo always comes in plastic, and I haven’t found one that you can purchase in bulk. Try a shampoo bar (just be sure to check ingredients, and make sure they are puppy friendly) or this homemade shampoo from my amazing cousin and her baby, Benson.
Combine the following ingredients:
1 cup castile soap (available in bulk at your local co op)
1 1/2 cups of oatmeal
1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1-2 drops of lavender essential oil
This shampoo is great for doggos with sensitive skin or itchy spots.This is great for itchy dogs during allergy season; I use it on Luna, as well as myself. It’s great for spot treating bug bites or sunburns. I would like to post a DIY hydrosol recipe, as soon as I get some more lavender; in the meantime, check your farmer’s market.Opt for a wooden brush, or something with replaceable heads. If you pup has a lot of hair like Luna, check out this brush for cutting out mats. If the item you want is packaged in plastic, always check and see if your pet store has a floor model you can buy.We give Luna Whimzee chews, which keep her teeth amazingly clean. But you can also use a Brush with Bamboo toothbrush, and if your dog has sensitive gums, opt for the children’s one, which will have softer bristles. You can use your fingers as well, but I know not everyone is comfortable with that.
Toothpaste is another item that I have only found in plastic, and they are typically made with bad ingredients. This quick DIY recipe is made with healthy items, that you probably already have in your home.
2 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon organic dried parsley (this herb freshens your pup’s breath)
Let’s face it, your pup doesn’t need anything fancy. Says the lady who gets her dog birthday cakes. Your dog will never refuse a treat because it is homemade, or not a certain shape. If you don’t have a shop that offers bulk treats, try making your own!
Try this recipe:
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cocunut oil
3 cups whole wheat flour, or oats.
roll the dough into balls, or use a cookie cutter to create shapes. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or until completely firm.
You can also give your pup veggies as treats. Luna loves her carrots!