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Earth-friendly Products for Backyard Birding

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
Bats, the Benefit of 
National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Habitat Program 
Bird Identification Tips 
Going Green here at Drs. Foster & Smith with Earth-friendly Products

As more and more Americans reach for green solutions to everyday needs, we're making changes here at Drs. Foster and Smith, too. We'd like you to know the ways we're providing for your birdwatching necessities using environmentally-friendly methods.

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We started by making available items made with recycled materials. Many of our feeders are made from recycled plastic milk jugs. So, rather than these used containers filling up landfills, we've partnered with companies that are turning this refuse into usable, durable products that hold up considerably well when exposed to the elements. Customer favorites such as our Recycled Platform Feeders, Platform Feeder with Legs, and Double Decker Recycled Hopper Platform Feeder are made with recycled plastic.

You can now find a recycled plastic feeder for just about every type of bird! The Green Solutions Upside-Down Suet Feeder accommodates suet-loving upside down feeding birds. Green Solutions Fly-Through Feeder welcomes perch-feeding, seed-loving birds. Recycled Plastic Oriole Feeder lets you offer fruit & jelly and boasts a bright orange color that attracts orioles.

Another way we're trying to bring you earth-friendly products is by offering yard/garden items that are nontoxic and biodegradable. We know your outdoor wildlife is precious to you, and we want to help you protect them by using products that won't contaminate their water or food sources. Our Microbe-Lift products, for cleaning birdhouses, birdbaths, and statuary accents, are non-chemical, soy- or enzyme-based for gentle, nontoxic cleaning that can be used safely around birds, plants, grass, people, pets, and water.

In addition to offering you a greater selection of eco-friendly products, we've also changed our shipping practices. We also found an alternative to polystyrene packing peanuts. Now, we make our own biodegradable packing peanuts right on site. We pack most of our boxes with these 100% biodegradable peanuts. They cushion and protect as well as the polystyrene, but with none of the negative environmental impacts.

Many of our eco-friendly products are labeled with this symbol:
Environmentally Friendly

We now include recycled paper in the catalogs we produce to help decrease demand for new timber.

We'll continue to expand our selection of earth-friendly products to meet your birdwatching needs. We hope you'll watch for them and utilize them in your yard. You will be doing your part to help minimize plastic waste in landfills, support more sustainable forestry, and cut down on toxins going into your soil and ground water. This is not only good for our backyard wildlife, but it's also good for our entire neighborhood - and our planet.

Find out how you can get your backyard certified as a Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.

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