If nature needs half of the planet, what do people need?

January 24, 2022 by  
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Trying to preserve half the Earth’s surface is criticized for not accounting for global inequality. But it’s essential for nature for helping the disadvantaged.

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All Natural Beauty: 4 Simple DIY Natural Skin Care Recipes From Mother Earth

January 24, 2022 by  
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New chip brand upcycles corn germ for water-saving snack

January 17, 2022 by  
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Americans eat a million tons of tortilla chips per year. But as we crunch our snack foods , few of us ever realize their water cost. Million tons of chips have a water footprint of 180 billion gallons. Josh Death, founder of Kazoo Snacks, wants people to enjoy a chip while not decimating Earth’s water supply. His new, water-saving tortilla chip brand upcycles corn germ to save 20 gallons of water per bag of chips. Death talked to Inhabitat about why chips require so much water and how he hopes to change American snacking. Related: Fast food, snacks and treats that are surprisingly vegan Inhabitat: How did you find out that traditional chip-making processes use so much water? Death: I can see how some might assume that it’s the chip production that’s water-intensive, but the abundant water-use actually takes place before the corn is even in the hands of manufacturers. Tortilla chips are made using large quantities of corn, and growing that corn requires water. Lots of water. Growing just one pound of corn requires 110 gallons of freshwater. In 2020, for example, the U.S. consumed 1 million tons of tortilla chips. To grow enough corn to meet this demand for one year’s worth of consumption, it would take 180 billion gallons of water. Very few of us are aware of the demand our food consumption places on our agricultural systems, but this is why sustainable agriculture, combined with eco-friendly manufacturing, is so important. At Kazoo, we’re able to save water by using upcycled corn germ, which just so happens to be the most nutrient-dense part of the corn kernel. This allows us to make a tortilla chip that uses less corn and less water, without compromising taste. Inhabitat: How did you get into the chip business? Death: I’m an intellectual property lawyer and have worked in the pharmaceutical and banking industry for 20 plus years; but at my core, I have always been somewhat of a frustrated entrepreneur who truly wants to make a difference. Several years ago, I helped co-develop the non-toxic disinfectant Cleanwell and Benefect. I entered the chip industry by a confluence of three factors: a desire for a new business opportunity, an internal calling to create a snack that was better for the Earth and an inclination to create a better snack for people that doubly served as a leading example of how food manufacturers can conserve water and waste less. I experimented with several ideas before finding promise of all three factors in Kazoo. Inhabitat: Tell us about developing the water-saving process. Death: The water saving aspect comes from sourcing corn germ for our chips, which is a by-product of the corn starch industry. Ironically, the difficulties we faced with the development of Kazoo was related to the corn germ. Namely, getting a large amount of corn germ into a tortilla chip that tasted great and was workable in a typical tortilla chip plant. I worked with three different labs over about three years to get a workable product on the bench, and then about another year sourcing a co-packer who could work with our revised process and scale up the bench samples. The last lab I worked with was with the top corn scientist in the world. They were keen to work with me because no one had ever accomplished what I was aiming to achieve.  My co-packer has been amazing as well. Scaling up from the bench to full commercial production exposed numerous other challenges that needed to be overcome. I faced a number of obstacles, as many leading food scientists and manufacturers didn’t believe producing a chip using 40% upcycled corn germ and only 60% fresh corn was possible — but we did it. And our water savings claims aren’t just fluff. We went the extra mile of having our calculations vetted and validated by former FDA food lawyers. We also presented our claims to the U.S. Water Council, who called Kazoo “a unicorn.” Today, we are the only 100% sustainable tortilla chip on the market, and the only brand to present its water-saving claims on its packaging . We do this because we believe consumers have a desire to eat more sustainably, but just need a heads up about what’s actually sustainable as they’re in the store shopping. Placing our water savings claims front and center on our packaging will hopefully allow consumers to choose the more sustainable option. Inhabitat: Do you know of other products that require surprising amounts of water to produce? Death: All corn products require a substantial amount of water to grow the corn. In 2020, approximately one million tons of tortilla chips were consumed in the U.S. Assuming all U.S. corn was used (likely) that would have required about 180 billion gallons of fresh water. If our process had been used to process the same amount of corn , we could save 58 billion gallons of water per year. We’re only a few short years away from facing a global water crisis. It’s also been documented that things like coffee , meat, rice and wheat all take a substantial amount of water to grow. It’s interesting, because just about every CPG brand needs water to manufacture their product . And if you look at the data, it’s clear that the food industry is partially responsible for the state of our water crisis, as it regularly uses 70% of the world’s waters. A new study by an organization called Ceres outlines the destruction the food industry is having on our world’s water supply. It shows that most CPG brands simply aren’t acting fast enough. It’s a great and humbling feeling to be among the few brands being progressive about this issue, and the only brand on the market to be focused exclusively on water conservation, without compromising taste. It isn’t commonplace for any of us to think about water- waste while snacking on our favorite foods, but we’re hoping to change that with Kazoo. Inhabitat: How did you come up with the name Kazoo Snacks? Death: Environmental sustainability is a challenging issue that has polarized people and some of the best-known advocates are quite divisive. I wanted a brand that was innocent, fun and brought back fond carefree memories to people – making music on the kazoo when you were a kid – it didn’t matter your musical talent, you could play the kazoo and sound great. Inhabitat: What else should readers know about Kazoo Snacks? Death: That we’re trying. There are a lot of things we want to accomplish, but it’s a journey.  We want more sustainable packaging but that’s a massive industry challenge, and we’ll move with the leaders as new materials become available. We’d like to offer consumers organic tortilla chips, but our goal is to reduce waste by making use of corn germ that would typically go to waste streams or animal feed – which is mindboggling because it’s the most nutrient-dense part of corn. As more mainstream brands switch to organic corn, there will be more organic corn germ to use in our products. As that happens, we’ll be sure to make the switch. We’d also like consumers to know that we need your support.  Grocery chains and other distributors recognize sustainability is a trend, but they don’t know how it will play out and if it will be good business. As such, we need customers to support products like Kazoo so that we can become more recognized in the public eye like “organic” food was. Our goal is to save one billion gallons of water by 2025. Sustainability is not just a trend. It is a lifestyle forward to a better future. Together we can move the needle. + Kazoo Chips Images via Teresa Bergen and Pexels

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Womb building reflects nature in the middle of Milan

January 11, 2022 by  
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UOOU Studio’s recent project provides the cozy architectural atmosphere the project name Womb implies. The office building was developed in conjunction with MAO Architects, Studio Dedalo Architettura, BEONE, Davide Frati for client Reale Group/Reale Immobili. “Womb works like a tree. It is part of its ecosystem and becomes an active and positive element of it,” explained UOOU Studio. Related: Italian thermal spa celebrates 101st anniversary with a sustainable renovation The roots The building is erected from the earth like a tree planting its roots into the ground, growing upwards. Womb draws its nutrients through geothermal sources and an efficient system of rainwater collection. The bark Womb’s structure is strong but breathable. It protects the building, but lets light through thanks to its photovoltaic to photocatalytic lamellas. The canopy Growing on the side of Womb is a proper “waterfall” of vegetation . It connects the city with the environment, generates oxygen, filters light and promotes the well-being of those who work there. Natural inspiration to the building Located in Milan , Italy, Womb sits in an area that connects historic and modern neighborhoods. With this reflection of the past married with the views into the future, the architecture aimed “to dialogue with the different souls of the city.” Obviously nature is a predominant inspiration for the build, so even though it sits in the heart of Milan, long terraces on each of the 18 stories are furnished with green spaces for plants and trees. The triangular-shaped lot presented challenges to the design team, but offered advantages in the angles as well. In the end, they were able to orient two sides of the building to the south and one to the north. This maximized views into the center of the city, while providing natural light into the space.  Banks of glass windows create an open and bright interior space. However, protective slats run vertically around the south sides of the building for temperature control. The photocatalytic materials also filter air for a healthier indoor environment . Architects envisioned Womb as the new “Ecological Landmark” of Milan, with features that are inviting for pedestrians walking by and for those who work or visit the building.  + UOOU Studio Images via UOOU Studio

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8 positive environmental stories from 2021

December 29, 2021 by  
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All too often, headlines are built strictly from terrible and shocking stories. It’s easy to lose track of the kindness and generosity of humanity, as well as efforts to do good for the planet. If you’ve been following environmental news in 2021, like every year, has highlighted atrocities around the globe. Yet, there are countless stories of policy changes, local cleanup efforts, impactful corporate action and innovations all aimed at decreasing carbon, conserving trees, protecting wildlife and so much more.  1. Limiting oil and gas exploration This year’s COP26 saw nations from every corner of the planet focused on the same goals. With the environment in the forefront, seven countries pledged to end oil and gas exploration. None of the seven countries source significant oil from their own soil, but the resulting Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance gives other nations and regions a platform to join the effort. You can read more at 7 countries vow to end new oil and gas exploration . Related: Inhabitat’s Positive News page 2. New York City uses goats for invasive weed control The Riverside Park Conservancy has been battling invasive species in the park for fifteen years. Although they’ve seen an outpouring of volunteer efforts to clear the plants , they quickly return to the steep hillside that’s difficult to access. So they brought in two dozen goats in an event dubbed, “Running of the Goats.” The goats munched throughout the day and five remained for six weeks to happily eat away at the problem porcelain berry, English ivy, mugwort, multiflora rose and poison ivy. Allowing the animals to graze eliminates the need for toxic weed killers, which are harmful to the land and the citizens. 3. Lab-grown meat reduces environmental impact  It’s fairly well established at this point that raising livestock impacts the land in negative ways. There’s the issue with methane release, a greenhouse gas that’s more damaging than carbon dioxide. Plus, land requirements for production results in damaging the soil. Then there’s the concern in regards to animal treatment. Lab-grown meat is leading the way towards a reduction in animal reliance for food. Take, for example, this new facility in California that’s capable of producing 50,000 pounds of lab-grown meat annually and a short-term goal to raise that number to 400,000 pounds.  4. Protections for Tongass National Forest It’s our nation’s largest national forest , covering 16 million acres in Southeast Alaska. This area is home to 800-year-old trees, Indigenous people and 400 species of wildlife and fish. While there were previously protections in place, former president Trump had exempted the area in his last few months of office, which opened the door for building roads, logging and other damaging activities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the reimplementation of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, a win for the natives and the planet. According to the Alaska Wilderness League, Tongass National Forest is one of the world’s largest intact temperate forests. It stores more than 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon and sequesters an additional 10 million metric tons annually. 5. 110 countries pledge to end deforestation by 2030 Without policies to protect existing trees, we’ll be rudderless in our efforts to maintain air quality, slow global warming and mitigate the effects of erosion, landslides and wildfires . Another result of COP26, leaders from 110 nations signed the deforestation pledge, vowing to eliminate deforestation by 2030. It will limit investments in contributing projects and implement restrictions against tree removal to make room for animal grazing and growing of crops such as palm oil.  6. Reforestation projects abound In addition to protecting existing trees, replanting them is critical to nature’s long-term balance. Fortunately, myriad businesses have begun contributing to reforestation. In addition, non-profits around the globe are making a measurable contribution. One Tree Planted is one such organization. Its mid-year update reports 58,000 mangrove trees planted in a sensitive region in Haiti , the planting of 430,000 native trees in Minnesota , 40,000 native trees in Mexico and over 814,000 trees in California . Also, forests the size of France have been restored in the past 20 years, showing how small efforts grow into notable accomplishments. 7. Ocean Cleanup sees major achievement If you’ve never heard of it, Google the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In short, it’s a massive area of the Pacific Ocean that has become a collection point for ocean pollution . A Dutch inventor decided to tackle the problem when he was just 18 years old. He began making a device to tackle the problem and started Ocean Cleanup, his organization aimed at eliminating 90% of the plastic floating in the ocean by 2040. After two previous launches that resulted in failure, during the summer and fall of 2021, Ocean Cleanup collected and removed 20,000 pounds of waste, which was brought back to shore and recycled.  8. Eastern barred bandicoot extinction reclassification  You likely don’t give this Australian marsupial much thought, but with the countless plants and animals going extinct each year, it’s good news that the bandicoot has been reclassified as endangered, which is an upgrade from the previous classification of “extinct in the wild.” Officials say it’s been a 30-year effort to protect the small furry animal that was almost completely eliminated by foxes and lack of suitable habitat.  Via Inhabitat , Eco Watch , NY Times and BBC Images via Pexels

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Fish struggle with warming oceans and acidification

December 28, 2021 by  
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Fish face a new threat — ocean acidification caused by global warming. In a recent study published in  Global Change Biology , researchers found that warming waters and acidification could adversely affect how fish interact in groups.  The project leader, Professor Ivan Nagelkerken from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and Southern Seas Ecology Laboratories, says that tropical species are traveling toward Earth’s poles and finding new ways of interaction. “Fish show gregarious behaviour and cluster in shoals which helps them to acquire food and for protection against predators,” said Nagelkerken. “Many gregarious tropical species are shifting poleward under current ocean warming and interacting in new ways with fish in more temperate areas.” Related: Scientists discover parasite that eats and replaces fish tongues Researchers reviewed how fish species interact and behave in changing environments. They aimed to determine how the rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affects fish behavior. With CO2 already driving global temperatures high, oceans and seas have also been warming up. When the oceans warm, they also get acidified, which affects the behavior of fish and other sea creatures. “We found that tropical and temperate fish species tend to move to the right when coordinating together in a shoal especially when spooked by a predator, but this bias significantly diminished under ocean acidification,” said Angus Mitchell, a University of Adelaide Ph.D. student who was among the researchers. The study found that mixed shoals of tropical and temperate species were less cohesive under warm ocean conditions. They also showed less interest in escape, raising concerns over the coexistence of predator and prey. Professor David Booth from the University of Technology, Sydney says that these responses from fish are a result of stress from interacting with new species and having to stay in new territories. “Our findings highlight the direct effect of climate stressors on fish behaviour and the interplay with the indirect effects of new species interactions,” said Booth. According to said Nagelkerken, the survival of certain fish species is threatened under these conditions. “Strong shoal cohesion and coordinated movement affect the survival of a species: whether to acquire food or evade predators,” said Nagelkerken. “If the ability for fish to work together is detrimentally affected it could determine the survival of particular species in the oceans of the future. Tropical species may initially fare poorly when moving into new temperate areas.” Via Newswise Lead image Pixabay

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Global warming is coming for polar bears

December 28, 2021 by  
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Global warming and receding ice sheets threaten the lives of polar bears. But that’s not where the issues end. A new study published in  Ecosphere  established that the foraging range for polar bears in the Beaufort Sea area has increased by 64% between 1999 and 2016 compared to the period 1986-1998. The change is being driven by food scarcity. The study was led by Anthony Pagano, a postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University. Pagano and his colleagues from the U.S. Geological Survey reviewed satellite data ranging from the 1980s and found that polar bears began moving further outside their range in search of food. Receding sea ice habitats pushed the bears north in search of food. Related: Polar bears get a big win as court dismisses Arctic oil drilling project The continental shelf where polar bears feed has shallow water that contains plenty of fish and seals. As the world warms, the ice sheet that makes up the shelf melts off, leading to a food shortage for the bears. As a result, the animals have to travel further for food. “Having to travel farther means these bears are expending more energy which can threaten their survival,” said Pagano. “If we want to preserve the habitat of these amazing mammals, then we need to focus on the root of the problem, which is slowing global climate change .” Researchers say the continental sea ice continues to recede earlier and further each year. This forces polar bears to follow the sea ice to find food . “The combined impact of having to move farther and farther north with the ice in the summer and then having to move back in the fall and winter as the ice freezes is taking a major toll,” Pagano said. “Our work highlights the worrying impact of sea ice decline on polar bear movement patterns.” The study also found that about 20% of the polar bear population in the Beaufort Sea area avoids the traditional sea ice hunting grounds entirely. The bears prefer moving inland to feed on other foods such as carrion, berries, and even whale carcasses left on the shore by humans. “Sometimes you’ll have 50 to 100 polar bears that congregate around these whale carcasses and compete with each other for food,” Pagano said. “As more and more bears move on land, I suspect there’ll be a lot more competition for these food resources and we’ll probably start seeing further decreases in abundance and survival.”   Via Newswise Lead image via Pixabay

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Monster snowstorm hits California highway, disrupting travel

December 28, 2021 by  
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Northern California got snow for the holidays, but no one is celebrating the havoc it’s caused. Holiday travel is already stressful. Factor in snow and wind, and you’ve got a potential disaster on your hands. On Sunday, 111 miles of California highway shut down after a particularly brutal blizzard hit. Running from Placerville to Meyers in California , Highway 50 shuttered in the wake of this snowy emergency. Winds reaching 100 mph and snow caused low visibility. It led to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials to announce the shutdown with “no estimated time of reopening.” But this isn’t the only bad news for California highways. Related: Denver’s snowless season has experts worried On Dec. 25, 70 miles of Interstate Highway 80 shut down. The road running from Colfax, California to the Nevada border was still closed as of Sunday. The culprit? Snowfall that caused “zero visibility,” according to officials. “Caltrans working around the clock and combating the storm to keep I-80 maintained,” Caltrans District Three reported on Twitter. “Earlier this afternoon, crews took footage of the storm to show the poor visibility and high winds on I-80 in the Sierra. This is why I-80 is CLOSED today.” Caltrans working around the clock & combating the storm to keep I-80 maintained. Earlier this afternoon, crews took footage of the storm to show the poor visibility & high winds on I-80 in the Sierra. This is why I-80 is CLOSED today.? #SafetyFirst #KnowBeforeYouGo @CHP_Truckee pic.twitter.com/1Imd6qmYYQ — Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) December 26, 2021 Locals who planned to enjoy a fun ski vacation during the holidays may face the worst travel delays. Both Highway 50 and I-80 serve as major travel roads between ski resorts near the San Francisco Bay area and Nevada Border. Others may have to cancel trips. “If you have the luxury of staying home and not having to drive today, take advantage,” said weather officials on Twitter. “Currently gusting to 52 mph and a wind chill of 6 degrees at the office. It’s very icy out with dangerous driving conditions.” There may be a silver lining to this icy weather, though. As of October, California experienced its driest year in about a century. The snow may help combat this and the state’s extended drought . Snowy conditions are also good news for Sierra Nevada’s snowpack. “The state Department of Water Resources reported Friday that [the snowpack] was between 114% and 137% of normal across the range with more snow expected,” according to HuffPost. Via HuffPost Lead image via Pixabay

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This year’s warmer winter could create irreversible damage

December 21, 2021 by  
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February 2021 brought the planet’s 16th-warmest February, and this December is much warmer than it should be. Although warmer climates are being experienced across the world , experts say that the temperatures have a much bigger impact in regions that are usually cold. Further, experts say that the warm winter is likely to lead to more adverse weather patterns in the coming year. In addition to climate change, uneven warmer winter can trigger tornados and heavy storms, according to Kai Kornhuber, a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Related: Denver’s snowless season has experts worried “One of the truisms in climate science is that cold places and cold times of year warm faster than the warmer places and warmer times of the year,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “Not only is the actual rate of warming faster in colder seasons and places – like the Arctic , which is warming three times faster than other places – but also a lot of impacts that are associated with warming are amplified.” Although global warming is a factor across the world, scientists have proven over time that colder regions warm much faster. This often means irregular precipitation, whether it is in terms of rain or snow . Further, the effects caused by even a slight increase in temperature can be far-reaching. For instance, if the temperature causes rain instead of snowfall, the effect will be that the rainwater washes away much faster than snow. “Winter warming affects the frozenness – or not – of things, which is ecologically important for the accumulation of snowpack and the water supply,” Swain explained. Extreme warm spells in winter can result in heat waves in summer. The warmth in this season can lead to premature snowmelt and even vegetation growth, which lowers moisture content in soils and increases the likelihood of extreme and persistent heatwaves in summer . Hot winters will also affect agriculture. Agriculture needs chill months to yield high outcomes. Fruits that require a long period of cold weather, such as apples, cherries and pears, will be hit the hardest. Via The Guardian Lead image via Pexels

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Love on your fur babies with these eco-friendly pet gifts

December 15, 2021 by  
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Our pets have stood by us through the toughest times, and they adore us despite our ups and downs. This year for the holidays , there are more ways than ever to give back to your loyal, doting pets with gifts that are as good for the Earth as they are for your fur babies. Here is our gift guide for the latest eco-friendly gifts for your pets. Chemical-free dog chews EcoKind Pet Treats is a family-run company that makes all-natural, eco-friendly dog chews and treats. With no additives, preservatives or chemicals added, EcoKind Pet Treats are a great option for rewarding your dog with a sensitive stomach. These treats are made in the U.S., Nepal and Brazil and meet strict FDA and USDA guidelines for safety and quality. They even come with a subscription discount and money-back guarantee. All-natural dog food Naked Essentials Ancient Grains dog food features chicken and turkey plus “grains that are super easy for dogs to digest but super hard for humans to say.” Like quinoa, sorghum and millet. This food also contains prebiotics and probiotics, which means your dog’s tummy will love it. Naked Essentials’ chickens are U.S. sourced, and the company adds in fruits and veggies instead of filler chemicals. If you have a sensitive pup, this is quality food. Eco-friendly dog clothes The holidays can come with some pretty chilly weather. Why not spoil your pet with some extra layers of super-soft, eco-friendly clothing? Eco-Pup Clothes makes bamboo-cotton hoodies, hemp -linen bandanas and even harness strap covers to ease your pet into a comfy getup. “Your dog loves the earth,” the company says. “If not for the earth, where else would he bury his bones?” Sustainable pet beds Looking for another way to spoil your animal? Pet beds can get them through the winter with a cozy place for warm naps. Jax and Bones makes  sustainable pet beds  with filling made of recycled bottles and foam that won’t harm the ozone layer. The beds are all made by hand in Los Angeles to keep the shipping carbon footprint small, covers are machine washable, and the cushions can be replaced when they wear out without replacing the whole bed. The company’s up-cycled scraps from the pet bed manufacturing process are made into human accessories like masks or pet bags. Eco-friendly pet toys Harry Barker has been making eco-friendly pet products from shampoo to leashes since 1997. Its sustainable pet toys are the best. The  Welcome Home Pet Bundle  includes a Puppy Love blanket, rope leash, Skipper rope toy, I Love My Llama plush toy and Farmhouse Check Waste bag holder all packed into a rope toy basket. The llama plush squeaker toy is covered in cotton fluffy fabric and filled with eco-friendly recycled plastic fill. The Skipper rope toy is made entirely of recycled yarn. Even the leash is made from recycled bottles. Biodegradable bags Bio Bag makes the most comprehensive line of biodegradable bags out there. Their  pet bio bags  might already be a familiar brand name to you. They’re made from plant resin starches, vegetable oil and compostable polymers instead of traditional plastics, so they break down along with your pet waste and don’t contribute to plastic pollution . Run a dog park or a busy household? Bio bags can be ordered in bulk. Eco-friendly dog collar Wagging Green is dedicated to forest conservation, dedicating 5% of profits from their Eco Dog line to protect the world’s forests. Wagging Green’s  Eco Dog collars  have a cute green and orange modern tree motif circling the eco-friendly bamboo fabric. You can also buy matching Eco Dog harnesses or leashes in various sizes. Hemp pet toys Only Natural Pet sells  From the Field hemp pet toys . This small, rope-style toy might work for cats who love toys as well, but they’re designed for dogs to throw around. From the Field hemp toys are 100% natural and biodegradable. They’re not designed as chew toys but should give your pet plenty of fun times and tug-of-war games this holiday season. Cat caves Cat caves  are cozy pet hideaway beds with small openings at the top for shy or playful cats to poke their heads out to keep an eye on the world. They’re unique, and better yet, made entirely from wool. Cat caves can fit pets up to 23 pounds. They’re completely natural, organic and easy to hand wash and air dry. Cats will adore the scent of merino wool and cozy up to this one right away. Eco-friendly catnip Garden-in-a-bag Catnip from  Potting Shed Creations  is a grow-your-own-herb setup for catnip. This little grow-in-a-bag kit comes with growing medium, OMRI wood chips for drainage, seeds and directions. If you order between October and December, the kit comes with a complimentary ribbon to dress it up as a gift . It’s the perfect gift for your cat or any cat-loving friends in your life! Via EcoKind , Naked Essentials , Eco-Pup Clothes , Jax and Bones , Harry Barker , Bio Bag , Wagging Green , From the Field , Cat Cave Co. , and Potting Shed Creations Images via EcoKind, Naked Essentials, Eco-Pup Clothes, Jax and Bones, Harry Barker, Bio Bag, Wagging Green, From the Field, Cat Cave Co., Pexels and Potting Shed Creations

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