3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

The short of it is that if more people reduce their usage of plastics, it will help the animals, the environment, and yes, humans.

Why?

Plastics are made from fossil fuels. They have a huge carbon footprint. They will exist practically forever. Only a tiny percentage is recycled. Plastics leach toxins into food and drinks. They promote hormone disruption and cancers. There is so much plastics usage in the world, that our lands and seas have become horribly polluted. They kill animals and birds by strangling them or because they are ingested. The plastics enter our food chain.          

Some statistics:

  • 2.5 billion metric tons (1000 kg) of solid waste is produced all around the world.
  • Of that number, 275 million metric tons is plastic waste.
  • 2 billion people within 30 miles of the coast create 100 million metric tons of coastal plastic waste.
  • 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the oceans yearly. 

What can people do? We can’t get away from plastics yet. Too many of our products offer no alternatives. However, there are many things we can do…

  • Use reusable mesh produce bags and shopping bags.
  • Use recycled and compostable bags.
  • Save the plastic bags you’ve collected and reuse them as often as possible to reduce acquiring new bags.
  • Avoid buying 6 packs with the plastic rings around each.
  • Use reusable products such as bottles, containers, and straws.
  • Use silicone baking mats, lids and food bags instead of use-once aluminum sheets, plastic wraps and plastic bags.
  • Use reusable K Cups for Keurig machines.
  • Use dryer balls rather than dryer sheets.
  • Recycle as much as possible in your area.

You will find such products at the online store, www.TheCompassionateShopper.com.

What are some of your solutions to reducing plastics and waste?

 

Cruelty-Free Soap

Cruelty-Free Soap

People are many times surprised at some of the products have animal by-products. Even soap contains animal parts! There are many soaps that are cruelty-free. We have added them to our Cruelty-Free Store.

For additional information about products, there are many apps and websites that indicate which products are cruelty-free.

Some cruelty-free soap products are

Kiss My Face

Clearly Natural

Dr Bronner’s Magic All-One

The Body Shop

Crabtree & Evelyn

A Wild Soap Bar

Palmer’s

Tom’s of Maine

Worst Human Foods for Dogs – Can be Deadly

Worst Human Foods for Dogs – Can be Deadly

Pet owners should realize that certain foods are dangerous for their pets. Keep dogs safe from human foods. For the details, see article discussing the worst 18 human foods for dogs. Included in their list:

1. Chocolate
2. Grapes
3. Garlic and Onions
4. Nuts
5. Avocado
6. Alcohol
7. Bread Dough
8. Food that has gone bad or moldy
9. Anything with caffeine in it
10. Bones and leftovers
11. Ice Cream
12. Raw meat and fish (salmon)
13. Plums
14. Raw Eggs
15. Salt
16. Candy
17. Hops
18. Chicken Jerky Products

 

Tips: Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

Tips: Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

If you see a dog in a car in hot weather, save their life by putting a flyer on their car.

If you see a dog in a car in hot weather, save their life by putting a flyer on their car’s windshield.

It is really upsetting to see people leave their pets in a hot car and many times with the windows closed. Pets are not able to control body temperature as efficiently as humans. JUST A FEW MINUTES IN A HOT CAR COULD CAUSE IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE OR DEATH!!!  Even if the car is in the shade, it is not good enough. Even at home, we keep the air conditioner on just for our dog because he suffers in the heat.

It is also upsetting to see pets left outside on a chain while the owner is doing their chores or eating at a restaurant! Not only can anyone can just take the pet, the pet feels abandoned. I see their tails always down, which is a sign of distress. And under the hot sun, they suffer terribly.

There are many things pet owners need to understand if they want to have a healthy and happy pet. It’s not just helping abused animals, it is also helping ‘un-abused’ animals to be well taken care of.

For more information on dogs in a hot car, see PETA’s  Cruel Practices in Keeping Dogs in a Hot Car

Image reprinted from PETA’s indicated article.

 

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Tips: Disaster Kit for Animals; Reprint from Animal Protection of New Mexico

Tips: Disaster Kit for Animals; Reprint from Animal Protection of New Mexico

The Animal Protection of New Mexico not only is helping abused animals with their education and legislative efforts. They also offer tips on disaster relief.

Reprint from http://apnm.org/

Disaster Kit for Animals

Keep everything stored in sturdy containers (a duffel bag, storage bin, etc.) that can be carried easily. Keep your kit in a place accessible to all members of your family.

Extra collars, leashes, harnesses and secure carriers to transport animals safely and to ensure that your animals can’t escape. Carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down, as it may be home for hours at a time while you seek shelter. Include extra blankets or towels for bedding and warmth.

Medications (a two-week supply) and medical records stored in a waterproof container, including contact information for your veterinarian and authorization for your animal to be treated if necessary.

– A companion animal first aid book and kit. Consult the first aid book or your veterinarian as to what you should include in your first aid kit.

– Current photos and descriptions of your animals to help others identify them in case you become separated and to prove that they are yours.

Extra ID tags. Temporary tags on which you can write are good to have in case your contact information changes during the disaster.

– Enough of your animals’ regular food and water to last at least a week per animal. Rotate your reserve food and water supply every three months so that it stays fresh. Canned food should be in single-serving size, as you may not have access to a refrigerator. Also have an extra supply of any vitamins or other supplements your animals take regularly.

– Food and water bowls and a manual can opener, and spoon for canned food.

– Litter and small litter box. Poop scoop.

Newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and cleaning products, including dish soap.

Pet beds and toys, if you can easily take them, to reduce stress.

– A list of safe places to go, including friends and family, veterinary offices, boarding kennels, animal-friendly motels and nearby animal shelters. Include addresses and phone numbers.

– Extras of any special items your animals need. Especially important for small animals that have very specific needs.

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