Corby of Boulder Green Dog Wash became interested in pets and the environment after suffering a loss.
When Brian Corby, owner of Boulder Green Dog Wash, looked for a place to open a second store after opening a dog wash in Tampa Bay, Fla., he chose Boulder for its pet friendliness and it's eco consciousness.
Reducing the carbon paw print
As Kermit the Frog sang, "It's not easy being green." Luckily for Boulder residents and their pets, it is.
"The issue of poop is a controversial one," Kunetka said. "There are many different options and beliefs on how to properly dispose the poop, and we just try to present all options to pet owners," she said. Pet waste contains bacteria and harmful pathogens that when left behind can seep into water supplies and contaminate the land. Bacteria can inhibit algae growth in water and make it unsafe to drink for animals and humans. Waste left on the ground introduces nitrogen to the soil and can impede the growth of native plants while simultaneously helping weeds to grow faster.
With eco friendly products, locally produced foods and all natural soaps and shampoos for your pets, Boulder Green Dog Wash can help educate pet owners on eco conscious Under Armour Training Shoes Women
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Poop patrol: One of the biggest uncertainties in green pet care; what to do with all the poop?
"A lot of it stems from my first dog had to be put down because of the pet food recall a few years ago," Corby said. "It really spurred my interest in green pet care, and just to understand where the products and the Under Armour High Tops Womens
Playtime: Buying toys that are made of recycled materials and sustainable fibers helps curb the use of plastics that eventually end up in a landfill. Many pet toys contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC), commonly referred to as the poison plastic. Look for toys that contain recycled plastics, rubber, hemp and organic cotton and avoid products that have the PVC, V, Under Armour Cross Training Shoes Womens
Here are some tips from Corby and others:
"The majority of our focus is natural nutrition and natural health," Under Armour Micro G said Only Natural Pet Store Manager Lindsay Kunetka. "Just as people start to make those choices for themselves, it is becoming the trend for pet owners to make those conscious decisions for their pets as well," she said.
De icing: Rock salt and salt based deicers are potential dangers to pets. Using a pet friendly deicer for the winter months, and always keep all chemicals for home, yard or car in a pet proof place.
Cleaning: The home is where your pet spends most of its time; so keep it safe. Seek plant based, non toxic products or use eco friendly cleaners you can make at home such as white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice to avoid toxic exposure to your pet and to the critters who live in Boulder's waterways.
"A lot of people out here already had that green mindset, so it was a really good fit to come out here," said Corby. "We just wanted to take our store a step further with a cage free environment and trying to create a comfortable setting so that you can come in and groom your dog or we can do it for you," Corby said.
Food: Understanding what is in pet food can help keep pets healthy and more resistant to diseases. In addition, all natural and organic pet foods are less likely to contain animal products from environmentally damaging farms and ranches. They also avoid artificial preservatives, and in the case of organics, pesticides.
food we use for our pets come from."
Cat litter boxes present a similar problem. Chemicals that help clump cat waste are harmful to soil and biodegradable litters, like the clumping litters, will still contain the pathogens that harm the environment.
"If you can get your compost hot enough you can kill the pathogens contained in the waste. But most people don't get it hot enough," Kunetka said. "Usually we just recommend using it on flowers if you're going to do the compost, that way you don't put yourself at risk," she said.
Composting pet waste may seem like a good idea but home composting can't eliminate the parasites and other pathogens.
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