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What does it take to green planet Earth? Being mindful and sensitive to the natural environment in your daily life. Reducing the use of natural resources and the amount of waste we produce. Developing Green Communities to transform the way we design and build affordable homes. Rethinking the ways we treat our pets. With billions of dogs and cats in the world, eating billions of pounds of meat and GMO products a year, producing billions of pounds of waste every day, pets have a massive effect of health and sustainability of our planet.
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What can we do to make our pets more "eco-friendly"? Here are 7 ways to reduce the environmental "pawprint" of our dogs and cats.
Most pets food contains GMO corn and soy which contributes to carcinogenic glyphosate (Roundup) in the environment. Try to keep it simple. Don't buy food made from "prime cuts." Choose the ones made from good-grade meat byproducts. Animals don't benefit from eating the meat humans eat. In fact, steaks and chicken breasts that we love so much, are less nutritious than organ meats.
Avoid canned pet food. Industrial chemicals like bisphenol make their way into our food supply chain via can lining. Recent studies show that BPA in the bloodstream of dogs nearly triple from easting canned dogs food. Here are some findings from the Ecology Center:
Cheryl S. Rosenfeld, DVM, Ph.D., associate professor at the Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, said that "when dogs consumed canned dog food containing BPA for two weeks, it was associated with metabolic and gut microbiome alterations. Thus, these recent findings from the Ecology Center raise further concern that potentially all commercial brands of dog and cat food may contain BPA that can lead to potential health effects in our companion animals.”
When you choose food for your pets, read the list of ingredients. Or, better, purchase certified organic foods. Unfortunately, 70% of processed foods for pets and humans alike are made with GMO products; for example, soy, corn, beets, canola, rice, potatoes, tomatoes, peas. GMOs lead to serious health issues like kidney, liver, immune system damage, cancer, cognitive issues, autism, skin allergies.
Keep in mind that the grains are not exactly good for any pet. Watch out for mycotoxins, highly toxic byproducts of mold and fungus. Global surveys from 2004 to 2013 discovered that mycotoxins are present in 76% of grains and byproducts for animal consumption!
By 2019, we all understand that single-use plastic bags have severe environmental consequences. 5 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide. Scientists suggest it could serve as a geological indicator of the Anthropocene era. Today, about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced. That's equal to the weight of the entire human population! Our oceans and streams are polluted with plastic.
It feels pretty good to clean up after your pooch, using a green poop bag and tossing it up in the trash bin. The entire thing completely breaks down and returns to nature within a year. But it's not only about a poop bag but also about how you throw it away.
If you throw poop bags in the regular trash, it ends up in a landfill. You can't put them in the garden compost, because of animal waste contains harmful pathogens. Instead, make a dog-waste-only compost to fertilize your decorative plants. Or, flush it (if you use water-soluble waste bags.) If you live in a rural area, you can bury it (at least five inches underground.) Or, drive it to the composting facility that accepts pet waste.
Pets have an amazing sense of smell. If you wash them with a shampoo that contains toxic chemicals, don't be surprised your pet will find the first muddy spot outdoors to get those nasty chemicals off their skin. The problem is, the shampoo gets absorbed, licked off and inevitably harms your pet's internal organs. The rest is rinsed down the drain and wind up in waterways.
When choosing your pet shampoo, search for "certified organic" label, not "natural shampoo." Certified grooming products go through a much higher level of scrutiny. It verified that there are no GMO ingredients, pesticides, herbicides, artificial colors or fragrances.
Plastic toys are laden with chemicals, and it's impossible to recycle. Use common household items for your pets to play. There are "green" pet toys, but why spend extra? You can always find things in your household to keep your animals entertained for hours. Cats love balls of yarn. Dogs love their sticks! You might even have the healthy looking stick collection in your backyard!
Do you have old socks with missing pairs? Make a dog toy! Recycling household items and making toys for your pets is the best way to preserve rather than consume.
You can walk and bike with your dogs, instead of spewing greenhouse gases into the air.
Old blankets may seem like junk to you, but for pets in shelters, they are beds and comfort. Don't trash your old sheets, linens, and towels. Donate!
If you have a lawn and own pets, say good-bye to fertilizers and pesticides. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 12 of the most popular pesticides in the United States have ingredients known to cause cancer. Do you really want your small friends staying in regular contact with those sorts of chemicals?
Fertilizers are not healthy for the environment. High amounts of nitrogen run off into the waterways, causing an excess of algae and a loss of oxygen in the water. It endangers fish and other water wildlife.
According to the Federation of Public Interest Research Groups, 29 popular fertilizers tested positive for 22 toxic heavy metals, including nickel, silver, selenium, thallium, and vanadium. Those are the metals that are directly linked directly to human health hazards.
An organic lawn is still possible with most pets without the use of fertilizers, but pooches and grass are not exactly the best match. You will always have spots that look burned and dead. What can you do?
Install artificial grass! There is an impressive amount of synthetic turf products options nowadays, and some of them are specifically formulated for dogs.
At the end of the day, we know that it's our responsibility as humankind to stop polluting our ocean and reduce consumption of natural resources.
At the end of the day, we know that it's our responsibility as humankind to stop polluting our ocean and reduce consumption of natural resources. We are also responsible for the health of our pets as for our own. For most pet owners, pets are part of the family. It takes a bit more legwork and efforts to start feeding our pets thoughtfully, choose organic shampoos and reuse ready-for-trash items to make pet toys and items. It takes dedication to incorporate green habits into a lifestyle. But those small steps make us good stewards with what we are given and pass it on to the next generation to keep our planet alive.
Your small puppy is sitting in the grass, looking towards the camera, expressive eyebrows drew up high. We call them "puppy dog eyes."
Are all dogs born with those sweet, sad, capturing our hearts expression? Dogs evolved to have expressive eyebrows precisely because we are so affected by puppy dog eyes. The eyebrows help dogs communicate how they are feeling to their owner.
As much as you love your dogs, they can be tough on the lawn. Between bare spots from digging, kicking and rolling, dead grass from urine damage, a well-groomed backyard and your best friend's happiness are mutually exclusive. However, a playful pup doesn't have to be a reason to scrutinize your home resale value. Choosing a grass that can withstand use and abuse is your best bet to keep everyone happy and sound.
Dogs love to play dirty, but we like to stay clean. It's a constant battle between love and responsibility. Keeping your furry friends healthy takes a bit more than we anticipate, especially when there is a backyard. Many pet lovers chose artificial grass because it does it all; saves money on lawn maintenance, and sustains pet's wellbeing.
As a valuable solution for pet lovers, artificial grass for pets requires more than typical drainage capacity. Flo-Rite-Thru technology developed by Global Syn-Turf brings an entirely new standard to the world of our fluffy friends while keeping a beautiful, maintenance-free lawn to be proud of.
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One of the best synthetic grass solutions on the market. Creates perfect traction and the best force reduction properties. Proven to give the best game experience for players.
Fashionable and versatile, perfectly suited to be the star of any outdoor event and the finishing touch that completes your home's meticulously designed yard.
Suited for high traffic play and recreation areas, as well as lower traffic commercial and residential landscapes & pets areas. Provides a soft yet resilient cushion of turf safe enough for children to play on while maintaining top of the line durability standards.
Safe, cost-efficient alternative to traditional grass lawns. Retains plush, original, vivid green state month after month. Withstands any level of foot traffic, extreme weather patterns and function.
The most natural-looking artificial turf on the market. This turf can be installed on landscapes, lawns, playgrounds, traffic medians, pet areas, commercial or residential spaces, and is suitable for lightly to heavily trafficked areas.
Standard of durability for long lasting turf. Unique C Shape blades stand straighter under varying pressure and retain their original shape and blade position while ensuring that your lawn maintains its fresh green look every day.
Rich and luxurious turf creates realistically beautiful plush lawn. Light and heat are diffused through the specialized curves of the blade making it ideal for regions with extreme weather conditions.
Looks more realistic than many of its competitors and can handle up to heavy levels of foot traffic with resilient qualities that make it perfect for pet areas, recreation areas and meticulously designed landscapes.
Global Syn-Turf, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and wholesaler of high-quality artificial grass in the United States and Canada. The company offers an extensive selection of products for commercial and residential landscapes, playgrounds, sports athletic fields, municipalities, golf putting greens and pet areas. Global Syn-Turf, Inc. provides innovative, environmentally friendly synthetic turf systems which require little maintenance, no water, pesticides, or fertilizers through multiple company-owned distribution centers across the United States. The state-of-the-art artificial grass offers realism, drainage, performance, safety, and durability. Global Syn-Turf is the exclusive artificial grass partner of San Francisco 49ers.
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