Looking to level-up your eco-friendliness? If you’re already using biodegradable litter, recycling your cat food containers, and using green cleaning products, you go one step further with your cat’s toys and other used items. How? It’s all about recycling, upcycling, donating, and rejuvenating those ignored and adored cat items.
Let’s get closer to zero-waste with our feline friends. Are you ready to get creative, crafty, and organized? Here’s what you need to know to recycle your cat’s old toys:
When you recycle, you reduce waste, reduce de-forestry and other destruction of the planet, and minimize the harvest of natural resources. When you don’t recycle correctly, you make the process less efficient and can increase waste. To maximize the positive impact of recycling, be sure you’re recycling in a responsible way.
Recycling your cat’s food containers begins at the store. Before you buy or even bring your cat’s food home, check the packaging for a recycling label. Most paper bags, plastic pouches, and cans can be recycled.
Those toys your cat ignores are just collecting dust and taking up room. And that bed, that isn’t nearly as comfy as the shoebox she sleeps in instead, is going to waste. Why not donate them to a shelter?
Cat rescues and shelters often struggle to provide enough toys, beds, and bedding for their cats. In fact, toys are usually on the top of most shelters’ wish lists. They also go through loads and loads of towels, washcloths, and carriers if you’re looking for a way to recycle those.
If your used cat items are in like-new condition, they can make gift packages for new cat parents to help welcome their new kitties into their homes.
When you just have a few small items like a collar and a toy or two, you can give them away for free to a neighbor. Post them on a website like Craigslist or an app like Nextdoor. This will get them into the hands of someone who will use them and keep them out of the landfill.
You’re going through the trouble of washing your cat food can, why not turn them into something useful around the house.
You don’t have to be a seamstress to get crafty with your cat’s toys. She won’t mind crooked lines or a thread color that doesn’t match.
If your cat is part chimpanzee and lives for her cat tree, but her perches don’t seem as perky as they could be, you can recover or recarpet them to wake it up a little. Use carpet squares or a discount bath mat, or upcycle curtains or fabric from a secondhand store.
Your cat scratches to relieve stress and maintain healthy claws. If your cat’s scratching post’s rope is tattered, tired, or becoming undone, hot glue new rope around it and give it a second life.
Here’s a win-win rejuvenation project. Do you know those Amazon boxes that seem to stack up in the corner? With a box-cutter, scissors, a ruler, glue, and a pencil, you can repair sections of your cat’s scratching post. Use the cardboard with the corrugated edge showing.
Stay creative and you’ll find new ways to upcycle and improve your kitty’s life by reusing items around your house. Corks, cardboard, t-shirts, and ribbon can be added to toys or crafted into something new. You may even make your cat’s day with a shoebox full of tissue paper.
Our cats come with a carbon footprint, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be environmentally responsible. As a cat parent, you can recycle, repurpose, and rejuvenate your cat’s used items and reduce waste. It only takes a little effort, know-how, creativity, and desire to be green. You can even have some fun making Franken-toys as gifts for your cat-parent friends and save some money.
Before you toss that toy, packaging, or scratching post, decide if you can give it a second life or recycle it appropriately.