In a study carried out by Global Gfk in 22 different countries, it discovered that 56% of the global population live with at least one pet, so we are looking after and loving around 800 million pets in the world every day. It was also discovered that annually, the environmental damage of every single animal is equivalent to 396 million hectares. Yikes.
The study found: Ecological footprint of a dog (medium size): 0.84 ha / year
Ecological footprint of a cat: 0.15 ha / year
Ecological footprint of a hamster: 0.014 ha / year
To put humans and animals in comparison, for example a British person consumes an average of 4.8 hectares per year. Yes it’s true, your dog pollutes more than a 4x4!
So can we have pets and still do good for our environment? Of-course we can! It is in fact extremely easy to act in favour of the environment while taking care of pets.
Choose the litter carefully
Buy sustainable toys for your dog or cat
Reduce their energy costs
Buy loose food (or in bulk)
Compost all dog and cat hair
Pick up their mess (with biodegradable bags)
Use green, natural cleaning products!