Infographic Design: Are pets bad for the Environment?

Are pets bad for the Environment? This Infographic Design for the Less is More organization, illustrating some of the environmental impacts of pets.

We also created a taller version for sharing on Pinterest and other applications. Feel free to share and re-pin these graphics, to help spread the word that Less is More. Some of the pet facts that Less is More wanted us to illustrate in this graphic include:


Pets damage doors, door frames, and trim, chew shoes and other items, which means that they more quickly and often end up in the landfill.


Dogs and cats eat about 25% of the total meat calories in the United States! American cats and dogs rank 5th in global meat consumption!


Our pets’ shedding, dander and debris brought in from outside build up and clog HVAC filters and ventilation, causing them to work harder resulting in more frequent repairs and replacements.


Quickly destroyed toys, shoes and other items also fill our landfills.

Millions of bags of feces (even in compostable bags) fill landfills and cannot break down.

In just the USA alone, 83 million dogs produce 10.6 million Tons of poop a year.Most of this is getting bagged in plastic and thrown away into landfills. Our 90 million cats generate enough waste to fill more than 5,000 football fieldsten feet deep!


Cats kill up to 3.7B birds annually. About a third of the 800 species of birds in the USA are endangered, threatened or in significant decline, according to the American Bird Conservancy.


Not only do they dig holes, dogs oftendamage or destroy plants, shrubs, trees,fences and other property.

Please feel free to share these infographics – if we all work to reduce our carbon footprint, we can live more sustainably and relieve some of the pressure on our overtaxed landfills and environment. Less is More.

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