Posts Tagged 'green action'

A leash for all seasons

I walk my dogs with simple, 6-foot leather leashes with brass clips. One is black. The other is brown. They feel substantial and responsive in my hand but there is nothing exciting about them. No bright colors, paisley, flowers or rivets. And lately, I’ve been thinking about the fact that I’m pretty much set with these leashes for the long haul. Barring any visits from crazed chewers, I can see these outlasting not just my current dogs but all the dogs of my life and eventually me. While I’m sorry to miss out on shopping for one of the truly blinged-out leashes on the market, I realize that these are the choice for our time. No “green” label. No eco-friendly ad campaign. Just a promise of quality and durability that would satisfy my frugal New England aunt (a woman who reused paper plates from parties and split open flattened toothpaste tubes).

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Greening the grass roots

I love the paws-on initiative behind Pets for the Environment, a Web-based awareness campaign spearheaded by a shaggy dog named Eddie. Galvanized by the death of Feathers (the family parrot inhaled lethal chemicals from a non-stick cooking pan), Eddie is on a mission to clean up the world he shares with a cat and his people. His practical suggestions for reducing your pets’ exposure to nasty chemicals offer simple ways to become engaged this Earth Day. From taking a pass on stain-proof treatments for couches, carpets and car upholstery (loaded with toxic PFCs) to avoiding strip-mined kitty litter for cats, making environmental and healthy choices for our animals is sure to generate triple-up benefits. Happy Earth Day.