On average dogs go potty maybe four or five times a day, every day. If you are using pee pads, after one week, the little guy has used more than 30 wee pads that head to the trash. In a month, he’s used 120. In a year, it becomes 1,440. In a lifetime? More than 17,000.
That’s a lot of garbage from one pooch alone.
It stands to reason, then, that biodegradable pee pads are far superior to non-biodegradable pee pads. Here are a few of the many benefits of choosing biodegradable pee pads for your canine’s dirty business.
•Microorganisms take center stage here. The same family of organisms that comprise the viruses, bacteria, and even plankton we cross paths with daily are quite adept at breaking down materials built from natural sources, like plants and oils.
•These types of plant-based (at the cellular level, at least—your pee pads aren’t made of ferns or flowers, per se) materials break down much more quickly than non-biodegradable materials like traditional plastics, which emit considerable greenhouse gases compared to biodegradable plastics. Greenhouse gases trap heat and radiation in our atmosphere, raising the global temperature and affecting many environmental systems.
•This is a sustainable process. Traditional plastics are formed synthetically from fossil fuels such as coal, which itself is a fuel source that took hundreds of millions of years to form naturally in the earth. It’s non-renewable, unless we plan to wait around for the next batch of coal to form. Biodegradable plastics and materials are built from natural sources that regenerate at a much faster rate.
To sum up: natural materials break down faster naturally, leaving us with less trash; fewer fossil fuels are used in the process, saving resources.
What other benefits are there to using biodegradable pee pads?
•Number of uses per pad: Biodegradable pee pads are used from high-quality materials, which allows you to rinse and re-use each one up to three times each. To put it numerically, that’s taking the 30 pads a week and only using 10. That’s taking 17,000 pads a year and making it less than 6,000. Think of the fun things you could do with your pup with all those savings.
•Absorbency: Traditionally, pet owners rely on the day’s newspaper to soak up their pet’s waste. The only problem is that newspaper isn’t all that absorbent—plus, it can’t be recycled once your pet has soiled it. Biodegradable pee pads are considerably more absorbent, which helps keep your home or apartment clean and virtually removes the mess completely when it comes time to remove the pad.
We’ve gone over why biodegradable pee pads are superior to newspaper and non-biodegradable pee pads. But why use pee pads at all?
•Convenience: If you live in an apartment building, or must be away from your home all day while your dogs are relegated to the indoors, there is no better option than establishing a clean indoor pee place for your pet. They won’t hurt themselves waiting for you to get home, nor will they cost you a valuable security deposit because you couldn’t get them outside in time.
•Training: In the beginning stages of your relationship with your puppy, a lot of training occurs. Unfortunately, a timid dog can have a hard time adapting and may make a lot of mistakes. It’s a good idea to give your dog a win once in awhile so he learns he can do something right. That’s where the convenient pee place comes in handy. It’s an easy thing to train your dog to do, and when you shower him with positive reinforcement he’ll feel like part of the family in no time.
It’s easy to see why biodegradable pee pads are a fantastic option for puppies and senior dogs alike, whether they live in an apartment on the 20th floor of a high rise or they’re home all day staring out the window at your big back yard.
Whether you use pee pads alone or with your UGODOG, biodegradable is the only way to go. You’re doing your part for the environment when you choose biodegradable materials, and whether you live in the city or the suburbs, we can all agree that’s a very good thing.
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