• Inspiration

    What are the responsibilities of eco-friendly pet owners?

    Imagine you decide to start riding your bike to work instead of driving your car. You want to cut down on emissions, use less gas, and get more exercise. You purchase a new helmet. You fill your tires with air. You roll up your pant legs and sling your bag over your shoulder. Off you go, feeling great about getting this extra workout in, getting to work on time, and getting to help the health of the planet in some small way. You pull up to a stoplight, and while you’re waiting for it to turn green, a man walks past and yells at you, “Those tires are made of…

  • Inspiration

    Environmentalism in 2020: People, pets, planet, and rationalism

    Hello, friends. How are you? Are you hanging in there? Times sure are tough right now. We’re in the middle of a pandemic, a revolution, and a depression–and all that is notwithstanding the environmental degradation that sparked the creation of this space in the first place, though we all know it’s all interrelated, the causes interwoven with one another like a complicated tapestry. And yet. We go on. We continue to move forward and fight for social justice and environmental justice. We continue to read and write, to call our friends and family, to take care of our homes. It’s the ultimate act of hope, I think, in this climate…

  • My family

    Welcome to The Zero-Waste Pet!

    Hello, friends! I am so glad you’re here! This website has been a long, long time in the making. Let me introduce myself: My name is Maggie, and I’m the dog-crazy cat lady behind the keyboard. I’ve written a blog about mostly dogs and a smidge of cats at OhMyDogBlog.com for more than 10 years. That’s ancient in blog-world. Animals, particularly dogs, have been a part of my life forever. When I was a precocious kiddo at St. Ann’s School, I wrote a play about recycling that the nuns let me stage with the other kids in my class. Since then, I’ve been passionate about eco-friendly living. Now, I’ve combined the…