A good bulk of commercially-sold cat litter is made from clay matter obtained through strip-mining, a practice that has a number of negative impacts on the environment. However, there's plenty of options that put less strain on natural resources. The eco-conscious cat-owner can try these five for starters:
Old newspapers and other forms of scrap paper are often the go-to alternative. If you don't have enough within your home, just head down to a local recycling center to purchase a stack of old newspapers, which go for very cheap. Cut or shred the newspapers to make cat litter.
Sawdust, likewise, can be purchased for cheap from hardware stores. A huge sack of sawdust cost very little and can be used for several weeks.
Cat owners can simply opt for using soil from their garden, or purchasing soil from garden centers. Better yet, the soil can be repurposed afterwards as fertilizer.
Anyone with a lawn can simply use grass clippings as a handy alternative for cat litter. Grass clippings can also be purchased from select garden centers, which sell them as fertilizer.
Natural cat litters
There are brands of cat litter made out of plant-based material such as corn, wheat, and pine cones. If you'd rather stick to the convenience of commercially-sold cat litter, choose the brands that have these materials on the label.