3 Ways Equine Businesses Can Be More Environmentally Sustainable
There is no denying that the equine industry as a whole can have a massive impact on the environment. From soil erosion to contaminants running off from soil into water sources, emissions from machinery used in equine industries to the packing of food, equipment and supplies. There are multiple ways this industry can contribute to the climate crisis.
However, that doesn’t mean it has to be this way. The equine industry is making strides in changing this and implementing newer, more sustainable practices that everyone can get on board with to reduce the impact horses and associated industries can have.
Water is essential in many different aspects of the horsing industry. From horses needing to drink the water to cleaning operations, equipment and more. There is a heavy reliance on water in many equine sectors. By collecting rainwater, you can reduce your need to rely on the water supplies and not reduce your impact this way but save money too. Implementing an efficient rainwater collection system using an industrial water tank can go a long way in improving your sustainability credentials and saving your money in the long run too.
Exactly what type of waste do you produce, and how can it be reduced? Depending on your industry, there can be different types of waste, but looking into using more sustainable options or less packaged items can help you to reduce your waste. As can looking at reducing any printed materials or packing you use to send out products if you manufacture equine products. Moving digitally as much as possible can help you cut waste as can using refill options, non-plastic alternatives that you can compost and finding items you can recycle instead of single-use can all add up over time.
Quality over quantity
Paying attention to the quality of the products you buy over the quantity you buy of them can help you save money and reduce your impact on the environment. From the quality of clothing and boots, you use for riders to the riding equipment or the items you use to clean your stables and facilities. This can be applied in many areas.
In many cases, you might be able to find better quality products that have been lightly used instead of buying brand new. Of course, this depends on the usage and the products you purchase in relation to your specific industry. However, in many cases, choosing lightly used items can be more cost-effective and sustainable than newer, cheaper alternatives.
Like any industry, the equine world can get involved in sustainability practices to reduce the impact they have on the environment. Small changes can add up and make a more significant impact over time. However, the key is to be committed to the cause and always looking for new and emerging trends you can get on board with to reduce your impact further and go that extra mile without compromising on what you do for the safety of your products, services or horses themselves.