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Responsible Pet Owners Recycle: Make a New Years Resolution!

Once again the year is coming to a close. Various holiday traditions and media messaging urge us to reflect and consider what we will resolve to do better next time around.  Having learned from years past, and borrowing from the mass experience of the U.S. (and possibly the world) population, I say with confidence that the list must be short and the actions simple. Long lists of lofty resolutions seem to be seldom resolved. Instead, I call to arms all dedicated pet owners to pledge to a simple change that could yield enormous impact. I speak of recycling pet food cans.  Continue reading


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Where’s the Food?

As discussed in my previous post, there is movement toward the availability of sustainable pet product options. However there is a glaringly obvious hole in this trend: food. There are very few options for purchasing healthy, sustainable pet food.

A few small companies are rising up here and there. Jeffreys Natural Pet Food in San Francisco prepares fresh pet food from organic, locally sourced meat. Additionally, some of the larger companies promote “healthy ingredients” and “environmentally friendly packaging”. However, I assert that the efforts being made to meet those claims are often minimal at best and in some cases completely misleading. In an attempt to examine closely what exactly is (or isn’t) happening in the pet food industry, I have conducted extensive research and drawn certain conclusions which I would like to share with the pet community and their human companions. Continue reading

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Reducing Our Carbon Paw Prints

As a lifelong cat owner/devotee and a recent student of sustainable business, I have become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of pet ownership. In 2009 I read an article hosted by New Scientist which left me with feelings of guilt that caused me to hang my head in shame. I was shocked to read that my early onset “cat-lady” syndrome and my resultant (somewhat obsessive) relationship with my feline companion was contributing to the degradation of the environment at rates equal to SUV ownership.

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