June 2, 2020 at 9:52 am #3609Dean NicholsonKeymaster
As you know I am very environmentally conscious and do my best to reduce mine and Nala’s carbon footprint!
I wanted to make a forum where members can share tips on how they are being eco-friendly, what sustainable products they use, dates for litter picks or similar events and get to know like minded people who all want to save OUR PLANET!June 12, 2020 at 1:59 am #5553alex.gravesParticipant
The first place that I started was right at home! The city picks up my recycle twice a month on my trash days. It was a great start to get me going and to help me organize it until pickup. My husband says I now recycle more than we have trash, which is a good thing to me. We don’t have to take our trash can out every week as some weeks there is only one bag.
I did find that what our city doesn’t recycle, plastic bags and foam egg cartons, our local grocery store (Publix) has a place for drop off. I now have a routine which makes it so easy and convenient.June 12, 2020 at 2:30 am #5564heidi.betterParticipant
I also do my bit right at home. I am lucky to live Along the ocean in Honolulu. I walk “my” beach often and I ALWAYS carry a bag to pick up any trash items I see. I’ve been doing this for 25years now and can’t imagine the tons of trash I’ve scooped up on my walls. It’s not people leaving trash. Sadly it’s floating in on the tides. So much plastic and other stuff in our oceans! Always strive to leave nature a bit cleaner than you found it! We humans need to clean up our mess. 🙏🏼AlohaJune 12, 2020 at 2:31 am #5566heidi.betterParticipant
I also do my bit right at home. I am lucky to live Along the ocean in Honolulu. I walk “my” beach often and I ALWAYS carry a bag to pick up any trash items I see. I’ve been doing this for 25years now and can’t imagine the tons of trash I’ve scooped up on my walks. It’s not people leaving trash. Sadly it’s floating in on the tides. So much plastic and other stuff in our oceans! Always strive to leave nature a bit cleaner than you found it! We humans need to clean up our mess. 🙏🏼AlohaJune 13, 2020 at 9:27 pm #6002
I love that we have a Green Bin program in Ottawa, 🇨🇦 where we put compostables. They’ll even take things like kleenex, waxed paper cups and cat litter! They dropped garbage collection to every other week, but Green Bin pickup is weekly. We fill that bin to the brim every time. Does anyone else have compostable recycling curbside?June 14, 2020 at 11:03 pm #6174lily.emberParticipant
I wish our green bins allowed cat litter! I just found out we can put cardboard in it but my cats generate more litter.June 15, 2020 at 2:54 am #6187
It was just recently allowed, as they altered their contract with the company that receives the stuff. They also just permitted us to put in plastic bags, because people were too lazy to keep plastic out of the bin. 🙄 So now they pay extra to have that sorted out.June 29, 2020 at 3:22 pm #12166TriciaKay7Participant
I quit using Round Up products a while ago. I use vinegar in a spray bottle to control weeds. They make a product that stronger then household vinegar that works great. I wish that horrible product would be banned in the US.August 25, 2020 at 5:31 pm #23477marry.barrettParticipant
Hello cat friends,
I’m from the Netherlands. Here we separate compostables, glass, paper/cardboard and the rest. Garbage collection is compostables one week and the rest the other week. Glass and paper we have to take that to a collection point, which is only a few hundred meters from home. We eat 100% organic and everything fresh. I take the vegetables and fruit home in paper bags and I have shopping bags that I have been using for donkeys years. But I must admit that a lot of the fresh fruit is packed in plastic and also some of the vegetables. My husband and I have no drivers license (except we both got one for motorcycle, but it’s been over 25 years that we drove a motorcycle) so we do everything on our bicycle. We have a nice green garden and not a completely paved one like a lot of people have these days. We have solar panels and I’m a volunteer at the local no kill animal shelter. In the early spring I help toads and frogs cross our busy cycle lanes where a lot of them get killed. Thats all folks. I hope I can do more in the future.December 7, 2020 at 11:00 am #5774
Dental floss has been bugging me. I might try this one — no animal product in it, either.February 17, 2021 at 8:33 pm #114364Jessica SmithParticipant
I try to grow bee- friendly flowers in my garden and in the autumn leave some stems so that insects can hide away in the winter months. I have a tiny pond or pondlet in which a frog hangs out. In the winter he finds a crack below the bowl where he sleeps away before coming back out in the spring. Because I live in the middle of the city it feels important to have areas which attract pollinators and other insects. I have a large patch of comfrey which the bees really love.February 28, 2021 at 3:06 pm #115807Jessica SmithParticipant
I am lucky enough to have my own compost bins in the garden.At the moment one of them is ” resting” and the other is being added to. However, gardening can also generate plastic . It seems that every plant bought from a nursery or garden centre comes in a plastic tray or plastic pots. Of course you can keep re- using them but you end up with whole piles of them. I try to sew seeds in cardboard egg- boxes instead . There is a way to make plant pots out of newspaper although I’ve forgotten how you do it!May 27, 2021 at 3:07 pm #132149lazheleneParticipant
I think that a good way to take care of our planet, is to learn about the locals companys that make ecofriendly products. For one, you encourage locals products, and you also make sure to use products that will not leave a negative impact on the planet ! If you want to make a greater impact, you can help specialized organizations that make special day event to clean oceans or streets for example 🙂November 7, 2021 at 5:29 pm #450262rhyothemis.princepsParticipant
In effort to be more environmentally conscious a few years ago we used Swheat Scoop cat litter. I’m not sure it is really that eco-friendly since a lot goes into producing wheat. At the time I thought it was mainly chaff, but it is composed of mainly non-food grade grain.
Anyway, I think this was a mistake. My daughter now has Celiac and multiple food allergies. There are a lot of things that could have contributed to this – of course, she has the gene for CD, and we both had a terrible infection (some type of severe bronchiolitis) a few years ago, there’s PFAS in our tap water [we live in North Carolina, US], etc. But exposure to wheat dust probably didn’t help.
So if you have the Celiac gene I think this product should be avoided. Not sure what the best eco-friendly cat litter is – there seem to be pros and cons to all the various products and systems. The cat shelter where we used to volunteer – before we both became ‘allergic to everything’ & pandemic hit – uses the Feline Pine system. It seems good, but I had to wear a half-respirator with multi gas filter since the ammonia fumes caused me to black out and nearly faint. I don’t think ammonia fumes would necessarily be an issue for homes with just one or two cats.
Currently we use a plain hypoallergenic clay formula now for our cat – who also is allergic to everything, but he was that way before the Swheat Scoop (and before whatever it is hit us). He can only eat the Royal Canin hypoallergenic Rx cat food and only the dry duck-based version – or he throws up (my daughter was hospitalized for 5 weeks due to intractable vomiting). Sometimes he can manage 2 or 3 salmon eggs for a treat. I also watch Rachel and Jun’s channel and two of their cats seem to be having major immune system problems.
I’m highly suspicious of PFAS and microplastics – cats probably ingest a lot of both through grooming [particles from carpet could contain PFAS, fleece blankets can shed microplastics]. Then there’s viral infections, possibly food additives … who knows. But it seems like cats could be the new canaries.
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