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October 11, 2011

Green Your Pets: Watch What You Buy Them

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Pets are such a source of joy, but America’s more than 160 million owned dogs and cats do impact the environment. This week's tips are about how to reduce their environmental pawprint.

Tip #2: Choose the greenest pet products.

The U.S. pet-product industry rakes in more than $40 billion per year, only $1 billion of which goes to eco-friendly items. Do your part to pump up that number by opting for organic pet food, as well as gear and toys made by eco-minded manufacturers like Scutte, Molly Mutt, and World’s Best Cat Litter; a Google search reveals many more. But buying greener doesn’t mean you have to buy more. The best way to reduce waste is to ask yourself whether your pet really needs the item you’re considering buying.

Tell us: What's your favorite eco-friendly pet product?

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