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10 Things Your Pets Want To Tell You About Going Green

10 Things Your Pets Want To Tell You About Going Green

From Your Loving Pet…

1. I am easily distracted. Did you see that squirrel? If you want to make a measurable difference, you’ll need to get my attention. Please put up a recycling system for the whole pack so we can easily access it. Don’t forget to remind us often how to use it – as we sometimes forget (or get lazy).

2. Follow through with your commitment to green up your life. I don’t know about you, but I hate when you say you are going to play with me and you don’t. Here’s a Green A-Z Guide to get you started. Hey, even if you can do just some these easy greening ideas, we’d be ahead of the game.

3. Take me for a walk and lead me where you want to go. Education goes a long way. Teach those kids of yours that the environment needs protecting because soon it will be theirs.

4. Reward good behavior by giving me lots of toys for going greener. Check out Practically Green’s diagnostic tool. It provides a personalized plethora of ideas for living a green lifestyle. They even have stuff for green pets. Could we be Superbly Green like Ronnie?

5. Skip the bottled water. The spout is too small for me to get my tongue into, and when you tip it I get all wet. Gee, I hate that. Also, plastic is made from either petroleum or natural gas, two nonrenewable resources extracted in ways that pollute my air and water. Did you know those plastic manufacturers add chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates to certain types of plastics that make some of my toys totally toxic?

6. Keep my bed/nest/home/crate/abode clean. There’s nothing worse than clutter. It takes all the fun out of messing up the house when you leave. Oh, did I mention that you should take me with you. I do not like being left home alone.

7. I can never have enough food hanging around. Buy my food in bulk. It saves on gas and packaging waste. Is it too much to ask you to make it organic and tasty. Oh, and don’t forget the treats.

8. Please pick up my poop so it doesn’t pollute water and spread disease. Plus, it’s gross and embarrassing to leave it where someone might step in it. Have you considered composting my waste?

9. Notice how I let others know when they’ve invaded my territory? Have you seen the restraint I have when I avoid biting when a simple growl will do? Think before you leap at others. I rarely get hurt when I jump off the furniture, right? That’s because I know my limits. People have limits too. When you tell others about going green, please don’t go rabid on them.

10. Take me for a walk often. I enjoy nature and I want to protect it with you. Then come back to Care2. Why? Because I am a loyal pet.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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9:40PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Cute article, thank you....

10:30AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

thnx for this

8:02AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Ahhh.. Wonderful - Thank YOU!

-Holly

4:18PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

how cute!

3:48AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Great article. Thank you for this.

7:43AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

noted

3:40AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Just great!

1:32PM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

I like the style in which this is written. A serious subject, but brought in a humorous tone :) More like this please !

7:32PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Thanks!

4:09AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Thanks :)

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