13 Ways to GO GREEN
BYO straw, container, coffee cup, fork and knife…..the possibilities are endless! We know how crucial a cup of coffee is on an early horse show morning. But guess what! It still tastes as good when it’s in an eco-friendly reusable cup.
Buy in Bulk and save money as well as the planet. Refilling things like hoof paint, shampoo, fly spray from one large container into smaller ones means fewer sprayer nozzles and other plastic bits end up in the trash.
Walk! We get it. When you have to schlep five saddles, three bridles, a grooming box, and two cranky short stirrup kids across the show, you need that golf cart. But ask yourself if you can walk (on foot or on horseback) or bike if the situation presents itself. The air will be cleaner, the show less noisy, and you’ll get a bit of a workout. A win-win-win!
Ask Questions not sure if something is recyclable? Google it. Talk to your town or county and see what options are available for your farm or show.
Make it Yourself and save money as well as the environment. Love to bake? Try making your own horse treats. Feeling crafty? Experiment with some of the homemade fly spray recipes or gardening suggestions we have on this site. Use your talents, hobbies, and creativity to help cut down on waste.
Turn it Off! When you’re not using an electric appliance, turn it off and unplug it. Such an easy thing to do, yet so many forget. Also consider switching to LED bulbs in your barns. They last up to 20 times longer than conventional bulbs and use far less energy.
Reduce and Reuse before Recycle. This is so important. Recycling is great, but a totally imperfect system. Try to think about reduction first, repurposing second, and recycling as your last resort, not the other way around. Check out our Fun Facts, Ideas, and Recipes section for lots of ideas for things that can be reused before being thrown out.
Demand Better and see change. See something you don’t like? Speak up. Talk to barn and show managers about ways they can go green.
Recycle properly. Improperly recycled items just end up going to the landfill. It’s true. Also check out www.recyclingcenters.org to learn about some of the surprising things that can be recycled and how.
Donate unusable items. Many animal shelters take old towels and blankets, and horse rescues are always looking for supplies. Therapeutic riding programs and local pony clubs are also great causes to check out to see if they are in need.
Buy Secondhand. It’s great for the planet and your wallet. Manufacturing of textiles and garments (that includes tack, blankets, and other supplies) is a tremendous polluter of our planet’s water systems. Buying things secondhand or gently used reduces the need for new stuff which means less pollution. This is a particularly great option for kid riders who seem to outgrow their clothes in a matter of moments!
Dispose Responsibly and think before chucking something into a bin. If it’s feasible, keep a container in your car, trailer, or tack trunk that to hold onto stuff you can properly dispose of later.
Have Fun With It! Get kids involved, make it a game, be creative. Whatever it takes to build momentum.