1st Greenhouse gases pumped into the atmosphere each year due to Pet diets mostly coming from meat. Their diet means an impact on water, fossil fuel, fertilizer and pesticide use associated with producing that meat and on top of that, the energy costs of transporting, slaughtering, or processing feeding animals to become pet food.
2nd CO2 impact produced by plastic waste and transport cost associated with dog and cat poop.
As responsible pet parents, we pick up pets’ poop, ending using hundreds of petroleum-based plastic baggies a year. Even the “biodegradable” alternatives aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
3rd Plastic garbage. Our love for our pets ends many times happily in toys and treats for them. Toys are important to dogs’ mental and physical health, but many are made of plastic or contain elements that are difficult to recycle — and their durability is often poor. All this discretionary stuff must be produced, packaged, shipped and, in many cases, delivered to our doors.
WHAT IS OFFSETTING?
Offsetting is a climate action that enables individuals and organizations to compensate for the emissions they cannot avoid, by supporting worthy projects that reduce emissions somewhere else.
The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduced through offsetting are measured in UN Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). The CERs are generated from Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. These projects, which are located in developing countries, earn 1 CER for each metric tonne of GHG emissions they reduce or avoid and are measured in CO2 equivalent (CO2-eq). The CERs can then be bought by people and organizations to offset their own unavoidable emissions or as a contribution to the global climate action.