Reducing my carbon "hoofprint" is something very important to me. However, I often found myself leaving my "green" habits at home instead of taking them with me to the barn. It didn't take long for me to realize how easy it was to transform my everyday barn habits into more eco-friendly ones. The simplest way was bringing a stainless steal water bottle. Since a lot of barns don't have a recycling bin, I was constantly seeing water bottles mixed in with the trash. Most trainers tend to have a water cooler anyways and in desperate times I'm never adversed to drinking from the hose.
I recommend a Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle. It comes as large as 40oz and you can get a sport cap for easy drinking.
Speaking of a lack of recycling containers, it's important to know that they are incredibly cheap. If you could organize with other barn folk a way to alternate taking it to the recycling center, you may even get back enough money to buy a large bag of carrots or something else fun that everyone could share.
Rubbermaid Brute 44 gal. Recycling Container, Blue
Maybe it's show season and it's time to wash those stinky, sweaty saddle pads and get them show ready. Most likely you're using bleach or another chemical that is just as harmful to you as it is to your horse and the environment.
Instead try products that are safe for all, like:
Method Laundry Detergent
"A 35% smaller carbon footprint than conventional detergent, this lightweight pump is designed for easy, one-handed use. made from 50% recycled plastic, it's a lean, mean, stain-fighting machine."
Ecological Laundry Non Chlorine Bleach Liquid" [ECOVER] is made from plant derived ingredients and Hydrogen Peroxde and is completely biodegradable and non-toxic to the home or the environment."
Green Wash Ball Laundry Ball
"This green ball contains ceramic pellets which change the Ph balance of the water and washes your clothes without detergent! Does 1,000 loads! "
Here are some websites that offer eco-friendly tips for around the barn:
Also, you can click HERE for a list of eco-friendly products put together by the EPA.
What are ways you try to reduce your carbon hoofprint?