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Here's a list of ideas for your zero waste / sustainable journey. I hope this helps! As a preface:

Cat Litter
  • Try non-clay litters such as corn and wheat based ones.
  • Get unconventional and try sawdust, mulch, and dirt which you can buy package free from your local landscaping store.
  • Using a compostable litter enables you to compost the poop and pee. Many local composting facilities don't allow animal poop, but some do; check the rules in your area. If you have a backyard, you can compost it at home. Make a special compost pile for this use only (don't mix it in with a compost pile you use for your edibles).
  • Some non-clay litters are marketed as flushable, but do not flush it down your toilet. Some cats have a parasite called toxoplasmosis which is found in cat feces and has infected marine mammals and otters
  • Look for bulk cat litter. I've seen this at Petco before, but it's not at all of them. I've seen them refill it using plastic tubs, so note this isn't a perfect zero waste solution.
  • Opt for litter in paper bags and paper boxes. Sometimes this is lined with plastic, or re-enforced with plastic strips (since litter is so heavy), and therefore may not be allowable in paper recycling. But it is less plastic, which is good.
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Cat toys
  • Crumple used aluminum foil into a ball.
  • Set out an empty cardboard box. When they're bored with it, cut it up into 3D shapes.
  • Seek out natural, non-animal based products that will decompose. Hemp or organic cotton cloth sacks filled with dried catnip are a hit.
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Cat treats
  • Bulk cat treats
  • Try giving cat kibbles as treats
  • Nutritional yeast, seaweed
  • Make your own; there are recipes online.
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Dog breath freshener
  • Cut fresh parsley and sprinkle it onto their food.
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Dog brush
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Dog treats
  • Raw veggies such as broccoli, carrots, green beans, kale, and zucchini.
  • Cooked (and cooled) sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin.
  • Bulk dog treats.
  • Make your own; there are recipes online.
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Hair remover
  • Redecker Lint Brush
  • Rub fabric with a damp cloth. The hair will lift off and start to clump.
  • Rub fabric with rubber gloves.
  • Use a reusable roller like the Chom Chom (made nearly entirely of plastic, but it works great)
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Kibble
  • See if there are any bulk cat/dog food options in your area.
  • Make your own.
  • Reuse the plastic food bags. Give them a second life by using them as trashcan liners, compost storage, etc.
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Litter deodorizer
  • Sprinkle baking soda into the litter.
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