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Put your pooch on the green bandwagon

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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You can start making green choices, not only for yourself, but for your pet too.

Jen Boulden is the co-founder of IdealBite.com, a green Web site devoted to helping people go green one bite at a time. She gave Eyewitness News some tips to get your pooch on the green bandwagon.

With more than 75 million pooches in the United States contributing their own carbon pawprint, our four-legged friends make quite an impact on the environment.

Ideal Bite's pooch product tester, Cricket, always has her next meal in mind. And one of her favorites is the Whiner and Diner, which is an elevated dog feeder made from a reclaimed wine crate. This helps the environment because any time you don't have to buy a new product, you are doing a great thing.

Cricket also loves Recycle Bones, which is a plastic chewing bone made from scraps that would have been going to the landfill. The bone has a hole in the side where you can put a little bit of peanut butter, which will keep your dog entertained for hours.

Being a responsible dog owner means cleaning up after your dog does its "business." But, if you pick it up with a grocery store bag, or other plastic bag, that preserves the waste forever. In fact, 10 million pounds of pet waste ends up in landfills each year. Instead of a plastic bag, use a corn-based bio bag that can decompose.

Finally, when it's time for bed your dog can still dream green. Cricket has a West Paw dog bed. The bed's filling is made from recycled soda bottles.

Going green can be fun and easy when you do it one bite at a time.


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