Brits confess to recycling for sake of their pets

Pet owners make good recyclers according to new research which suggests that many worry how climate change might impact upon their furry companions.

A study from pet food firm Purina found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of British pet owners (63%) aspire to be “good to the environment” for the sake of their pet as much as any family member.

When asked specifically about recycling, 29% of owners said that they do it to protect the environment for their pet. Overall, 88% of them stated they recycle their household waste either ‘always’ or ‘often’ but despite this, only 74% bother to recycle their steel pet food cans.

The survey also revealed that one-third (34%) of respondents would like to do more to protect the environment for the sake of their pet.

When asked what would encourage them to recycle more, around half (48%) said that better local recycling facilities would help and about one fifth (18%) said that knowing it made a difference to their dog and cat’s future would drive them to do more recycling.

In addition 66% of those polled also use low energy light bulbs, 48% pick up litter, 43% use low energy electrical appliances while 37% use products made from recycled materials.

Purina brands Felix and Winalot have launched a campaign ‘Together We Can’ to encourage more cat and dog owners to recycle their steel pet food cans.

Maxine Perella

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