Celebrating Earth Day 2016
Celebrating Earth Day April 22, 2016
Earth Day is a great day to be reminded of the paw-print Fido leaves on Mother Earth and what some companies around the globe are implementing in their practices to go green from eco-conscious products to Fido-friendly hotels bringing new meaning to ‘going green’.
Listed below are several ways to lesson Fido’s Footprint by using eco-friendly-products and staying at green hotels.
The Green Pet Shop is run a by father-son team, Larry and Brian Wright, who are passionate about creating pet products that are eco-friendly and safe for all living creatures and the environment. Their faithful sidekick, Reggie, keeps the team in line. Reggie was the driving force for Larry and Brian’s decision to launch their own green, pet-centric company. Seeing that Reggie is a 150-pound Great Pyrenees, St. Bernard Mix, he does have a lot of pull around the office (literally). Reggie has quickly become the star of the show; he even has his own Instagram account, www.Instagram.com/ReggieChills
According to Larry, even the most mundane aspects of pet parenting, like housebreaking, can be accomplished in an environmentally responsible way. That’s why he’s proud to offer products that range from Bamboo Training Pads, environmentally responsible cleaners, biodegradable poop bags, bamboo feeding bowls, warming pads and more, as well as cooling products for humans and their pets. Their unique line of green products have been recognized by the press and industry experts as a top pick for pet owners. Their revolutionary Cool Pet Pad was recognized by Family Circle as an elite winner of the 2014 Family Choice Awards and their Bamboo Training Pads won a 2015 Industry Recognition Award from the editors of Pet Business.
The Green Pet Shop recognizes that the eco, or natural, segment is the fastest growing segment within the pet industry, but there is a perception that eco products are much more costly than non-eco products. Larry and Brian are proud to deliver unique and high quality eco products at a cost that is competitive with non-eco products, thus further pleasing their environmentally conscious customers.
BioBag® is a world leader in providing bags for the collection of organic waste for the purpose of composting. Their mission is to keep organic waste from ever entering a landfill. Unlike regular plastic bags, BioBags can be consumed by microorganisms that live in our soils. Because of this, BioBags can be readily composted along with organic waste at municipal composting facilities.
According to BioBag®
“We are a small company of dedicated employees, who are fully committed to ONLY producing certified compostable bags and films. It’s All We Do!”
BioBags meet the ASTM D6400 standard specification for the labeling of plastics designed to be aerobically composted in industrial facilities.
Pet waste is not readily accepted at most compost facilities around the country. There are now a number of communities and parks successfully composting their dog waste and using BioBags as the method of collection. Some even do it in their back yards! biobagusa.com
Fido-friendly Green Hotels
What is an Eco hotel?
‘a hotel or accommodation that has made important
environmental improvements to its structure in order to minimize its impact on the environment. The basic definition of a hotel is an environmentally responsible lodging that follows the practices of green living.’
“At Red Carnation, we are keenly aware of our social responsibility and are committed to our community. We have instituted a Green Team to investigate and implement the ways we can contribute to this global “green” process. These vary from large-scale initiatives – such as a clear policy on recycling, installing solar panels to provide energy and dimmer switches to conserve it, and finding ways to reuse waste water for flushing toilets and watering plants – to reusing scrap paper as notepaper. We support local charities, conservation, preservation, nature, heritage and green initiatives including the personal development of each member of the Red Carnation team.”
The Red Carnation hotels have instituted a Green Team to investigate and implement the ways they can contribute to the global “green” process.
All 17 hotels:
- Recycle all paper, cardboard, glass, printer cartridges and batteries
- Design a yearly calendar highlight green events
- Use energy saving light bulbs Green practices training for all staff
- Ask that guests put towels they want replacing into the bath so we don’t replace unnecessarily
- Belu Water - the only 100% carbon neutral water company giving all profits to WaterAid
- Lost property that has been unclaimed after 6 months is taken to charity shops
- Member of Considerate Hoteliers
The Red Carnation hotels have donated six tons of recycled textiles to various projects including homeless charities, charities in the Third World and Battersea Dogs Home
Here is a sampling of Red Carnation’s Fido-friendly hotels around the world:
Not only are pets welcome at Ashford Castle, the estate is also an exceptional setting to be with your four-legged friend. The castle lies on the 350-acre Ashford Estate, encompassing vast expanses of woodland and lawns, alongside Lough Corrib. Dog sitting and walking, and a grooming service, in addition to all the amenities you could possibly need, are made available during your stay. The Lodge at Ashford Castle pulls out all the stops with its dog menu, too, with specialties like Bangers & Mash, Garfield’s Grub (salmon on toast) and Milk Choc Cappuccino.
Pets are welcome in specially selected rooms with a range of pet beds, bowls and pet menus available, which can be arranged when making your reservation. Please ensure to give prior notification to your reservations agent who will gladly forward you a copy of their pet policy document.
Regrettably they can only allow dogs under knee height. They are welcome in The Café Grill and Leopard Bar. Though a small deposit is requested upon arrival in case of any damage caused, this will be returned to you at the end of your stay. http://www.12apostleshotel.com/about/facilities-and-services/pets
The Milestone appreciates how difficult it can be when you have to leave your pet at home, so they are delighted to introduce you to their special ‘Pet Services’. Not only do they welcome pets but have created a unique package to ensure your favorite friend has the time of their lives. Their Head Concierge, Jose Pauco, and his capable team will ensure your pet’s needs are catered for in every imaginable way.
Reservation: Please mention that your pet will be travelling with you in order for us to forward you our special “Pet Preference Form".
On Arrival: Your pet will receive a tailor made welcome hamper, which include a toy, a treat, a Milestone tag and clean-up bags. A welcome letter with information on all our special pet services available from our Head Concierge, with all his unique travel tips.