Lifehacker: September 26, 2017
Dogs are humans’ best friends, immeasurable bringers of joy to all around them and the only good content left on the internet. They’re also a huge strain on the environment. Yes, I am here to be the total bummer to tell you that those good boys and girls and loveable fur faces have a gigantic carbon pawprint that leads to more greenhouse gasses being pumped into our air, poison washing into our waters and toxic chemicals entering our mouths. The United States is home to about 78 million pet dogs, according to the ASPCA, which is about one for every four Americans, and all that food, waste and care can be ruff (sorry) on the planet.
The good news is, there are ways you can mitigate the effects of dog ownership—and one major way to feel better about it from day one.