Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Green Pet Care & Natural Pet Products

Many pet owners are seeking out safe, natural products for their pets, as well as simple ways to decrease their pet’s paw print on the environment. Thankfully, being green is easier than ever, with a number of simple and affordable products. The following are three easy tips to help you create a happy, healthy, eco-friendly home for your furry family members.

Certified Organic Pet Food

In my opinion, the FDA does not regulate pet food as rigorously as they should. If they did, we probably wouldn’t have had that massive pet food recall last year, where tainted wheat gluten killed a large number of beloved pets. Pet products labeled "premium" or "gourmet" are not required by law to meet any specific standards, such as higher quality ingredients. A better indicator of pet food quality is the term "certified organic". Certified organic pet food must meet specific standards set forth by the USDA. Conscientious pet owners can now purchase a wide array of certified organic pet food that is free of hormones, chemicals, genetically-modified ingredients, and artificial flavors or coloring. In recent years, many small local pet food manufacturers have cropped up, allowing you to not only buy organic but also local.

Safe Cleaning & Odor Control

While we love our pets, we could do without their funky smell. If your pooch has an accident or your cat box clears the room, you should look for an enzyme-based cleaner, like Effective Microorganisms EM•1®. This non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaner uses beneficial bioremediation bacteria to actively seek out the offending waste remnants and digest them. EM•1® does not simply cover up the spell, it eliminates odor naturally, by breaking down the root cause. It can be used safely on carpet, upholstery, concrete, tile and more. It is also very effective in the litter box... just spritz the litter and let the microbes do the rest. This very same bio-technology is used at large-scale livestock farms for ammonia and hydrogen sulfide odor control, so it’s safe to say it will work on your little friend’s odors.

Green Bath Time

Because your pets groom, you want a shampoo that is safe for them to lick. Look for shampoos and soaps that are natural. I prefer a soap that is sulfate free, paraben free and contains no phthalates. And of course there is also the classic household cleaner, baking soda. Baking soda is especially great for cats as it allows for an effective dry bath. Oddly enough, it also makes a great toothpaste for stinky dog breath!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Most Convenient Composting System on the Planet - Coming Soon to Your Kitchen

More than ever, Americans are looking for a way to minimize their impact on the environment. Many of us buy local and organic when possible. We recycle. We bring our own bags to the grocery store (when we can remember). We drive efficient, hybrid or even electric vehicles. In general, we want to do what is right, as long as it isn’t too complicated or inconvenient.

Until now, composting was just that... complicated and inconvenient. And it smelled really, really bad. Many families want to compost their food waste; they just don’t want the deal with a messy, smelly, fly ridden nuisance. "I tried composting," Molly, an Austin-based web designer explains, "Bought this little bin for the kitchen and dug a hole in the yard. That lasted maybe two weeks. It was just way too complicated and kind of gross. I don’t want to be wasteful, but I just don’t have enough time in the day to maintain a compost pile."

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American generates approximately 4.4 lbs of waste a day. That adds up to 1,600 lbs of household garbage in a year and that's just per person. A household of 4 produces a staggering 6,400 lbs of waste. Much of that garbage is simple food waste. If you, like Molly, want to reduce your environmental impact, food composting is the way to go. And now with the Bokashi Food Waste Recycling System, kitchen composting is easier and more pleasant than ever.

Traditional composting
Standard composting relies on the rotting process, requires 140 and 160F degrees to activate, takes weeks to complete and demands a significant amount of churning. It’s not just inconvenient, it’s downright labor intensive. Add in that compost piles produce smelly gasses (methane, carbon dioxide and ammonia) and deplete many nutrients (carbon and nitrogen to name a few), and you can see why most American households steer clear of the whole composting process.

Improved Bokashi Composting
The Bokashi System is different from traditional composting. While regular composting is a rotten heap, The Bokashi Food Waste Recycling System uses the fermentation process to quickly break down food matter into nutrient rich organic plant food. In contrast to traditional composting, the fermentation process utilizes live microbes, enzymes, traces minerals and vitamins to break down food and does not produce rancid smells or attract flies. Simply put, the process is quicker, easier and more pleasant than tradition composting.

The Bokashi Food Waste Recycling System includes two five gallon buckets (keep one available for filling, while the other is maturing), two flexible translucent lids that make it easy to keep an eye on the progress, and one five pound bag of EM Bokashi organic rice bran, the fermenting agent. The process is easy and the complete kit only costs $36.99.

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