Today is Bank Holiday Monday and many UK dog walkers will be celebrating with their four-legged friends, by heading to secure dog parks, beaches, and fields. But did you know, there are many things you can do to make your dog walks more eco-friendly? It is true! Not only will you be helping the environment, but you will also be setting a good example for other dog walkers to follow. At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we have highlighted three eco-friendly tips to make your dog walk more sustainable this Bank Holiday Monday. Enjoy!
Preparing for the Walk
1. Leash Collar or Harness
Make sure your dog’s leash, collar or harness are in good condition before heading out. A damaged leash or harness can be a safety hazard for your dog and can also contribute to waste if you must regularly replace them.
Consider purchasing a leash and harness made from eco-friendly materials such as hemp or bamboo. These materials are sustainable and biodegradable, making them a great choice for environmentally conscious dog owners.
2. Water Bottles
This May Bank Holiday Monday looks set to be particularly warm, so ensure you and your dog stay hydrated when on a walk. Consider bringing a reusable water bottle made from sustainable materials for both you and your dog, as this will prevent you from having to purchase plastic bottled water and creating unnecessary waste. Plastic water bottles cause plastic pollution and other environmental issues. Many plastic bottles end up at landfills where it can take up a thousand years to degrade, discharging many toxic elements into the earth and water, sadly destroying the habitats and ecosystems of many animals.
3. Poop Bags
Likewise, when it comes to waste bags, opt for compostable or biodegradable alternatives instead of traditional plastic ones. Eco-friendly poop bags are made from materials that break down more quickly, reducing the amount of waste in landfills.
Remember to bring a separate bag for your dog’s waste and dispose of it properly in a designated dog waste bin. Leaving dog poop on the ground at a dog walking field can be toxic to the environment and harmful to other animals.
Remember, small changes can make a big difference in reducing your environmental impact. By incorporating these eco-friendly tips into your dog walk routine this Bank Holiday Monday, you can do your part to go green and protect the planet!